Healthwise in Emery Village

By Shelly Harris BScn CCRN Rn-C

March is a special month because we focus on something essential—colorectal cancer. This is a type of cancer that happens in the colon or rectum, and it’s a big deal in Canada and around the world. Shelly Harris, a nurse with a lot of experience, wants everyone to know how to fight this disease together.

First off, it’s good to know what makes someone more likely to get colorectal cancer. Things like being older, eating a lot of red meat, not moving much, being overweight, smoking, or drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk. If cancer runs in your family, that’s another reason to pay attention.

Shelly says one of the best things you can do is get checked for colorectal cancer regularly. Some tests can find cancer early when it’s easier to treat or even stop it before it starts. She suggests talking to your doctor about getting screened, especially if you’re over 50 or if your family has a history of cancer.

Making some changes to how you live can also lower your risk. Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains is a great start. Try to get moving every day, keep your weight in a healthy range, and cut down on alcohol and smoking. Even small changes can make a big difference.

Shelly is doing a lot this March to help spread the word. She’s at community events, giving talks, and using the internet to share information. She believes that the more people know about colorectal cancer and how to prevent it, the more lives we can save.

She wants everyone to remember that fighting colorectal cancer starts with us. Knowing the risks, getting screened, and living healthier are key steps. Let’s take Shelly’s advice to heart this March and take action against colorectal cancer. It’s a fight we can all be part of.