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Fit And Well Idaho: Colon Cancer Awareness

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Colon cancer is second on the list for cancer deaths in the nation.

While colonoscopies are important after the age of 50, there are other ways to protect your health.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Three Saint Luke’s gastroenterologists will be covering the topic in upcoming seminars.

"Colon cancer is very preventable in most cases and early detection is key, and I think that's what the beauty of these seminars is. They can really give folks a good indication whether you have high risk, what are some of the things you can do to prevent getting colon cancer in the first place through exercise, diet," explains Laura Stewart, St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

The free public service puts a local face at the focus of an international issue.

"It's really just the continuation of us taking care forward and helping our community to better engage their own healthcare, and to work on ways they can prevent and become more health conscious in their daily lives, and that's what these seminars really do for the community," Stewart says.

March 7th is National Dress in Blue Day in recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

A way patients, caregivers, and advocates can get involved.

Here is the breakdown for those seminars...

Saint Luke’s Jerome leads things off on March 11th.

North Canyon Medical Center will be the destination the following Tuesday and then Saint Luke’s Magic Valley rounds out the group.

Please call (208) 814- 0094 to register.