Work-Life balance and Staying HealthyManaging work and family responsibilities is proving especially difficult for US Millennials. Consequently, finding time to take care of health issues and having time for personal care is challenging. Paying attention to possible changes in bowel habits and seeking medical attention is important to help reduce this new risk.
Signs and SymptomsDue to the fact there is no current recommendation to screen young people for colon cancer, what signs should a young person look for? Some sings and symptoms might be bloody stools, change in bowel habits like persistent diarrhea or constipation, cramps or weight loss that's unintentional.
Know your history, know your body, embrace your power. Here's what you can do.
Reducing Your RiskWe know that risk factors linked to colon cancer are obesity, diets high in red and processed meats, lack of exercise and diets low in fruits, vegetables and grains. Although current research has not linked these risk factors to younger adults, practicing prevention is worthwhile.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week
- Eat 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- Add whole grains and fiber to your diet
- Keep your weight down
- Reduce red and processed meats. Add more fish and lean meat to your diet.