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The news about Chicago Blackhawks analyst and hockey great Eddie Olczyk's colon cancer diagnosis, reminds us that it is important to talk about this dangerous but preventable disease.
There are many risk factors for colon cancer that are beyond your control—being over the age of 50, family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of polyps, inflammatory intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. There are, however, risk factors you can mitigate by making some simple and some not-so-simple changes to your lifestyle.
Susannah Spiess, MD, Gastroenterologist at NorthShore, encourages everyone to make these healthy lifestyle changes to help lower the risk for colon cancer:
Have you made an appointment to get your first colonoscopy? Find out more here.