Did You Know

  • Modifying your lifestyle can help reduce your risk for colorectal cancer.
    Obesity, poor diet, tobacco use and lack of physical activity are risk factors for many gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal cancer. By improving your lifestyle choices, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer affects women and men differently.
    Men and women have a similar risk of developing colorectal cancer; however, there are marked biological differences in how and where colorectal cancer develops in men and women.
  • Colorectal cancer is highly preventable.
    Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with appropriate screening measures. Yet, some women are reluctant to undergo colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer due to concerns about the procedure, sedation or bowel cleansing.
  • Some women, based on their ethnicity or family history, are at a higher risk for colorectal cancer.
    It is recommended that African-American women have their first colonoscopy at age 45, rather than age 50, which is the standard age recommended by the American Cancer Society for colonoscopy screening. Women younger than 50 who have a family history of colon cancer, such as a parent, should have their first colonoscopy at age 40, or 10 years younger than when that family member was diagnosed.

Prevention Services

At NorthShore University HealthSystem, our team of specialists guides you through and helps you understand the prevention and screening process.

Our team of all female gastroenterologists, registered dietitians and nurses will meet with you to discuss medical and lifestyle issues that affect your risk for colorectal cancers. We offer:

  • One-on-one consultations with an expert female gastroenterologist to talk about your personal risk factors and to discuss available screening options.
  • Appointments with a registered dietitian to provide you with a dietary assessment and personalized, realistic recommendations to meet your health goals.
  • Music and other relaxation techniques designed to enhance your comfort and reduce anxiety before and during colonoscopy.
  • A team which will create a customized prevention plan, including scheduling your future screenings at the appropriate intervals and monitoring your GI health over time.
  • Discussion of our prevention and screening clinical trials, including medications that reduce the risk of colon cancer.

For More Information

Please call 847.657.5945 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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