Colon cancer prevention
Early detection is key
Getting a regular cancer screening is the most important thing you can
do to prevent colorectal cancer. The new recommended age to start screening
has been lowered from age 50 to 45. There are several different cancer
screening options. The one that’s right for you depends on multiple
factors, including your cancer risk, overall health and personal preferences.
The gold standard: colonoscopy
A traditional colonoscopy is often considered the gold standard in colorectal
cancer screening, but many people find the procedure preparation daunting.
Check out this informative Q&A about what to expect for your first colonoscopy and help put your mind at ease.
Convenience with Cologuard
Other non-invasive colorectal cancer screening options are available too,
such as Cologuard. This test involves collecting a stool sample at home
and sending it to a lab to look for signs of both precancer and cancer.
See if Cologuard is the right fit for you.
Foods for colon health
Your diet has a major impact on your colon health. Making mindful nutrition
choices can significantly lower your risk of colorectal cancer.
Learn more about what foods can help keep your colon healthy.
Your gut health has a significant impact on your overall health. But how do you improve your gut health? Eating a range of gut-healthy, probiotic-rich foods can help. Here are some helpful tips to keep your gut in check.
The gut-brain connection: How your mental health affects your gut health
If you’ve ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach, you know your gut is connected to your emotions. In fact, research shows that a healthy gut can improve your mental health—and caring for your mental health can help treat gut problems. Learn about the gut-brain connection.
Find a provider
Find an Adventist Health provider near you to see what colon cancer screening option is best for you.
Here to help you receive the care you need
Don’t let transportation, finances or a busy schedule stop you from getting the care you need. Contact a nearby medical office to learn about assistance programs, extended hours and more help accessing healthcare.
Watch one family’s moving story about how colon cancer impacted their life.