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A man may not think about his prostate, until it becomes a problem. So September is designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to help educate men about their prostates, which plays a role in reproduction, and when to seek medical help if needed. Dr. Michael Martin with AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine discusses the importance of prostate education.

While there’s no way to prevent prostate cancer, there are several measures you can take to reduce your risk. Good news: The steps you can take to reduce your risk are also the same steps you take to maintain good overall health, dealing with diet, exercise and health education.

Whether you are scheduled for a diagnostic test or routine exam, getting ready for a colonoscopy can feel extremely overwhelming. At AnMed Health, we care about your well-being so our dedicated team of professionals has compiled this important information on how best to prepare for a colonoscopy. In the days leading up to your exam, please take time to review these recommendations and reach out to your doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. The disease affects more than 4% of both men and women at some time during their life. While colon and rectal cancers are a reality for many Americans, early detection through screening can and does save lives, which is why the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends regular screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. There are multiple colorectal cancer screening strategies your doctor may recommend. Here, we discuss the different colorectal screening types, how often you should get them, and what to expect during the screening.

Colorectal cancer — which includes both colon and rectal cancer — occurs when cells in the colon and/or rectum begin to grow out of control. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine, which is in turn part of the digestive system. Colorectal cancers tend to begin as growths, known as polyps, on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. While not all polyps become cancerous, some can develop into cancer over time, usually several years. If not treated, a cancerous polyp can grow into the wall of the colon or rectum and then spread. While colorectal cancers are one of the most common types of cancers and the third leading cause of death from cancer in America, there are steps you can take to help prevent colorectal cancer.

Finding out you have colon cancer can be an unnerving experience. Not including skin cancers, colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States among men and women. Fortunately—and thanks to ongoing advances in colon cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment—people with colon cancer are living longer and enjoying a better quality of living even after their diagnosis. One important thing to know: people with colon cancer tend to have better outcomes when they're diagnosed early! This is why our team at AnMed Health encourages everyone to understand who's at risk for colon cancer, what its signs and symptoms are and when you should call a doctor with your concerns.