Virtually healthy: your colon

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On September 6, Mehmet Oz, MD, cardiac surgeon, author, number 6 on the list of most infuential "Twitter Doctors," and host of the The Dr. Oz Show broadcast in the US, shared his colonoscopy and results with the world. Here is what you need to know about your colon's health.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, by 2030 cancer will claim the lives of 12 million globally and to date over 639,000 die annually from colon cancer.

Colon cancer is one of the most frequent types of cancer for both women and men and one-third of all deaths could be prevented with early detection.

Screening is essential and that includes a colonoscopy at age 50 with follow-up every ten years for those considered "low-risk" and at age 40 with three-year follow-ups for "high-risk" individuals.

See Dr. Oz prepare for colonoscopy, undergo the screening, find a polyp and explain how you can care for your colon and save your life: http://www.doctoroz.com/colonoscopy-videos/dr-ozs-colonoscopy-pt-1

Vasanth Siddalingaiah, MD, a gastroenterologist, explained to the health site MedicalMoment.org that "while screening is important at age 50, a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer. Areas of the world with a population that eat diets high in fiber have proportionally lower rates of colon cancer than does the population of the United States."

In the future, perhaps the necessary colonoscopy will get more comfortable with new innovations.

On September 10, Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) brings together actors, musicians, athletes and journalists for the tenth annual one-hour fundraising event to support the acceleration of "innovative cancer research bringing new therapies to patients quickly that will saves lives now."

The television broadcast of SU2C air at 8pm EDT on 17 networks and highlights will be posted on YouTube. For more information and to make an online donation, go to:  http://www.standup2cancer.org

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