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Briefs: Tips on how to prevent colon cancer

HELP PREVENT COLON CANCER: HERE'S HOW

Colon cancer is the second biggest cancer killer of Americans, behind lung cancer. How to help prevent it? The Mayo Clinic suggests:

• Get screened, starting at age 50, except for African-Americans, who should start getting screened at 45. (There are various types of screening tests your doctor can recommend.)

• Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Try to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

• Limit fat in your diet, especially saturated fat. This includes milk, cheese, ice cream and coconut and palm oils.

• Limit alcohol consumption to one drink a day for women and two for men.

• Stop smoking.

• Stay physically active.

• Know your family history. You're more likely to develop colon cancer or polyps if a parent, sibling or child had them.

• Talk to your doctor about medications like aspirin that can reduce the risk of precancerous polyps.

Ease friction on diabetic feet

Foot care for diabetics is crucial. "Many diabetics lose 'protective sensation' on their feet, which puts them at high risk for the development of blisters, infections and eventually ulcerations," says Dr. Rick Delmonte, a New York City podiatrist specializing in limb salvage and diabetic foot care. One product aimed at stopping opportunistic infections before they start is the Bodyglide Anti-Blister and Chafing Stick. Its maker says it will help prevent chafing and irritation to the surface of the feet. Consider using it when breaking in a new pair of shoes and to help avoid blisters, ulcers and foot infections. Bodyglide can also be used for areas on the body affected by bicycle seats and tight-fitting swimsuits. Get Bodyglide ($13.99 for a 2.5-ounce stick; the company also makes other skin protectors) at many sporting goods retailers and drugstore.com; www. bodyglide.com.

Your guide to Medicare Part D

The St. Petersburg Times on Oct. 28 produced its annual LifeTimes Guide to Medicare Part D (enrollment ends Dec. 31). To read about Part D and compare various plans, from standalone plans to PPOs and HMOs, go to lifetimes.tampabay.com. You'll find stories, as well as plan comparison charts presented in PDF format.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Briefs: Tips on how to prevent colon cancer 11/24/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:19am]
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