Eating allium vegetables decreases the risk of colorectal cancer

Colon Cancer Screening Kits Available

Because March is National Colon Cancer Awareness month, there's no better time to help educate our community about the disease and shed light on why screenings - which many people avoid - are so very important.

In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr. Greywoode: Because polyps do not always cause symptoms, you may have colorectal cancer and not realize it. A recent Chinese study found that eating more allium vegetables may slash the risk of getting colorectal cancer. That's one of the reasons people may not discover they have colorectal cancer until late stages of the disease.

So, with rigorous preventive testing paired with healthy living, colorectal cancer be something seen in the rearview mirror.

According to Hudson Regional Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Scott Lippe, Ashkenazi Jews should be specifically keen on the dangers of colon cancer. So, Indiana ranks 43 out of the 50 states for screenings.

The researchers reported on the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology that in northeast China, a decreased colorectal cancer risk was observed in both men and women, who have higher allium vegetables intake, which includes garlic, garlic stalks, leek, onion and spring onion.

It would seem advisable for physicians to identify patients who are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and approach a screening strategy that is appropriate for individuals at a higher-than-normal risk for colon cancer. According to research by the American Cancer Society, some of the top reasons people avoid getting tested include: hearing the test was hard or painful; concerns about the cost of the test; and the thought that they don't have to get tested because there is no family history of colon cancer. In 2018, the society also changed its age recommendation to begin screening five years earlier. "The average non-Jewish American colon cancer rate is about 6 percent as a baseline".

Hudson Regional Hospital provides different examination and treatment options that can be used for dealing with colon cancer. You will be given pain medication and a sedative shortly before to minimize discomfort, and the procedure typically takes approximately 20 minutes.



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