Essay on Chronic Diseases

Submitted By cnparrish
Words: 400
Pages: 2

Chronic Disease Risk Assessment

I decided to complete my health risk assessment on the chronic disease colon cancer. Colon cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and is also known as colorectal cancer. Colon cancer affects both men and women and is becoming one of the leading causes of cancer deaths.

Some risk factors of the disease colon cancer are genetics, diet, your health, your lifestyle, and age. It has been studied that genetics only contributes to 15% of colon cancer patients, while your lifestyle contributes up to 60% of colon cancer patients. Individuals who have a family history of colon cancer are more at risk than those who do not. When it comes to your diet, foods high in fat and consuming large amounts of red meat also increase your risk. Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are also contributing risk factors.

Some lifestyle choices you can make in your life to decrease your modifiable risk factors for the disease colon cancer would be to first look at the risks that could be changed, modified, or eliminated. While we know we cannot change our genetics or our age, we do have the ability to change our diet, and our lifestyle that affects our overall health. You can take up a hobby or activity to reduce the amounts of stress in your life. To help with your health, you can add regular daily exercise or meditation. Exercise and meditation has been known to help improve your mood as well as your appetite and eating habits. When it comes to your