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Woman and Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer, often called the "silent killer" ranks as the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It affects both men and women equally and kills more people annually than either breast cancer or prostate cancer. But there is still a huge misconception that this is an “old mans disease”.  Wake up ladies, its not just your grandpas disease anymore.  Did you know that colon cancer is now the third most common cause of cancer deaths in women; it will claim the lives of nearly 25,000 American women this year. Colon cancer is also 90% preventable with proper screening. Why is colon cancer called “the silent killer”? Because the most common symptom is no symptom at all!

There are many reasons women don’t get checked for this particular disease. One reason is lack of awareness. We woman get our breast and Gynecological exams regularly, because those tests are strictly for us, and our family Doctors always make sure they remind us of those. But what about the colon, its our sewer system. Shouldn’t we make every effort to confirm all is clear in there? Woman also tend to get constipated more than men, through the years, we have just learned to “hold it” until we get home.  That can harm us in the end.  A dirty, toxic, congested colon is the perfect place for worms, parasites and tumors to hang out in and cause disease.  Other risk factors for colon cancer are: Age (over 50), sedentary lifestyle, high fat or low fiber diet, family history of polyps or colon cancer, diabetes, and the one I like the best…. NO FACTOR AT ALL, hence the “silent killer name”. I personally had absolutely none of the factors above, and was still struck with Stage 3 Colon Cancer at age 32.

Colon cancer deaths could be nearly eliminated if most people, men and women, learn the basics, and take action to prevent it. Unfortunately, as recent government studies show, less than 40% of people who should be screened have been screened. Prevention of colon cancer and other digestive disorders starts with YOU. It requires that you take an active role in your own health.


Top 10 Colon Cancer Prevention Tips:

1.            Doctor communication. See your doctor if you experience colon cancer symptoms. Don’t ignore it like I did.

2.            Age. If you're 50 or older, schedule a screening. (Colonoscopy)

3.            Food. Eat a balanced diet. High-fiber diets have shown a protective effect.

4.            Weight Management. Maintain a healthy weight. Studies indicate that extra fat in the waist increases colon cancer risk.

5.            Get Moving. Research indicates that exercising can reduce colon cancer risks by as much as 40%

6.            Consider Genetics. Colon Cancer Is hereditary, so ask your family members about it, even if it’s embarrassing.

7.            Don’t get stuck. Constipation is a sign that something is not working right; don’t ignore your colon just because it ignores you.

8.            Don’t smoke. Yes, it's a risk factor for colon cancer too. Smoking increases your risk for two main reasons. First, inhaled or swallowed tobacco smoke transports carcinogens to the colon. Second, tobacco use appears to increase polyp size.

9.            Red meats. Limit your intake of processed and red meats.

10.        Vitamins. Talk to your local vitamin store and get the scoop on what vitamins could help lower your risk for colon cancer.                        

Take my advice as a Colon Cancer Survivor; it’s much easier to get screened for it now than to go through major surgery, have parts of your colon removed, and Chemotherapy later. And I believe I’m Alive and Well to pay this advice forward.




7 Good Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds


Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.

Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.

Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body.

Reduce your blood pressure: There's evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.

Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!

Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.

They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don't need to be ground up.