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Ladies, Don’t Skip Colon Cancer Screening

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

A troubling trend has been revealed by a new study headed by Nisa Maruther of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and published online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. It concerns obese white women. Researchers found that they are less likely to undergo potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings, compared to normal-weight white women or to black persons of any weight or gender. In a news release, Dr. Maruther wrote, "Being concerned about your weight usually is good, but here it appears to be keeping people from a test we know saves lives. Obese white women may avoid screening because they feel stigmatized and embarrassed to disrobe for the tests." Health-fitness professionals should encourage all clients ages 50 to 75 to seek colon cancer screening, which includes periodic colonoscopy tests.