A medical expert with Longstreet Clinic would like to remind people about the importance of getting a colonoscopy in hopes of detecting and treating precancerous conditions before they potentially develop into colorectal cancer.
Dr. Fernando Aycinena, a colorectal surgeon, spoke on WDUN's Newsroom about the matter on Wednesday. Dr. Aycinena told AccessWDUN's Mitch Clarke it was vital to detect any signs of colorectal cancer as early as possible.
"The earlier we find [precancerous conditions], the higher the chance that we can detect it early and treat it early," Dr. Aycinena said.
Dr. Aycinena said the rate of colorectal cancer is on the decline for older populations in the United States, but the rate for younger populations is on the rise.
"I think that genetic predisposition has to do a lot with it, but also our way of life. You know, things that we're eating, things that we're not eating," Dr. Aycinena said.
Dr. Aycinena said it's important to limit fatty foods, processed foods and red meat. He said exercise can also decrease the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Listen to the full interview with Dr. Aycinena at the SoundCloud link above for more information on colorectal cancer.