You look great. You feel great. You enjoy the company of friends and family. Maybe you’ve already retired, or you’re looking forward to it – and you’ve planned for it, so you know that’s going to be great, too. And you’ve “down-sized” to a community so your home is a source of pleasure and security as well.
Embracing the Active Adult lifestyle as fully as you do, it’s easy to get – and stay – busy. But don’t get so busy that you forget to schedule your routine health screenings.
In the March issue of AARP Magazine, Dr. Mehmet Oz recounts how taking his own advice about routine health screenings uncovered an unexpected diagnosis: colorectal polyps. If Dr. Oz has them, with his healthy lifestyle and concentration on diet and exercise, everyone should be aware of the myths and facts about the second-most-common type of cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, dispelling the myths may help reduce the risks and encourage early screenings. Among the most common myths:
- Colorectal Cancer cannot be prevented – Maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, limiting consumption of red meat and alcohol and avoiding tobacco use are important factors in reducing one’s chances of developing colon cancer.
- Colorectal Cancer is a man’s disease – Unfortunately, colorectal cancer does not discriminate: as many women as men are affected by the disease. Each year, more than 150,000 Americans are diagnosed, and 50,000 die from colorectal cancer.
- Age doesn’t matter – More than 90% of all colorectal cancer cases occur in people who are age 50 and over, which is why screening is recommended for everyone beginning at age 50. For those with a family history, your doctor will advise you about when you need to schedule your first screening.
As for subsequent screenings, Dr. Oz recommends following your doctor’s guidelines for your specific needs. As a general rule, plan on every five years if your doctor has found polyps. For all others, subsequent screenings should take place every ten years.
Dr. Oz suggests that scheduling a first colonoscopy has the biggest impact on reducing the incidence of colon cancer in patients who have had precancerous polyps.
Staying physically active is easy in your Windsong home, where walkable streets and neighbors who share similar interests and life-stage experiences abound. Private courtyards mean plenty of space to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, and luxurious kitchens provide the inspiration to prepare and enjoy delicious, healthy meals.
Staying social, healthy and active is easier at Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!