Be Well Virginia: Understanding Colorectal Cancer

NVFP is pleased to host Dr. Sean Hurley for our next presentation of our Town Hall “Be Well Virginia” on Thursday, May 6th at 7 pm. Dr. Hurley discusses colon cancer screening, as well as risk factors for colon cancer, and lifestyle factors that can reduce your risk. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America, so this is an important topic to address.

5:30: Colon cancer is the 3rd most diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

14:40: A colonoscopy is the most common gastrointestinal procedure done in the United States. It is a powerful tool used in preventing colon cancer.

22:20: There are typically no symptoms of colon cancer, but there can be some and they should never be ignored. Some signs of colon cancer can be rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits and pain in the abdomen.

34:45: If there is no family history of colon cancer, the recommendation is to begin screening at age 45.

39:50: Dr. Hurley explains that if you exercise often, maintain a normal weight, eat less processed red meat, minimize alcohol, don’t smoke, and consume a high fiber diet you could potentially prevent colon cancer.

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