The very first warning sign of colorectal cancer
It's the number two killer cancer in the nation, second only to lung cancer.
It kills more Americans than breast cancer or prostate cancer. But today, I'm going to help make sure you're not one of them.
Colorectal cancer tumors can be stopped, removed, and even cured completely... IF you find them early enough. And now, the latest research reveals one way to spot your risk and take action in time to save your life.
And it starts in another part of your body -- one that gets very little attention most of the time.
It's your appendix, which sits on the end of your large intestine. You can think of it as a warning light for the rest of your digestive tract.
When it lights up, you're at risk!
The study finds that folks who've had an episode of appendicitis in their middle ages or later have a higher risk of colorectal cancers.
The study out of New Zealand finds that suffering from appendicitis after the age of 45 can increase your risk of colorectal cancers by up to 17 TIMES!
It's not clear if anything from the appendicitis itself helps the tumor to form and grow or if the episode is triggered by the presence of the cancer in its earliest stages.
Either way, the study shows that appendicitis could be a major risk factor -- and one you shouldn't ignore.
OK, so it's one thing to KNOW you're at risk, whether it's from a bout of appendicitis or because you have a family history of the disease.
It's quite another to turn that knowledge into something you can DO.
This is where you're lucky: You CAN do something right now if you're at risk. There's an easy step that will cut your chances of developing this disease and save your life.
If you've had appendicitis, especially in middle age or older, it's time to schedule your colonoscopy if you haven't had one already.
This procedure is just about the best cancer screening out there because it not only detects the warning signs of the disease, but also can remove them right on the spot... and it does the job with little to no risk.
For an even more successful procedure, schedule yours for first thing in the morning.
Studies show that doctors are sharper earlier and more likely to detect polyps. And since you'll be fasting and can't eat until after the procedure, an early colonoscopy will also save you the trouble of being hungry and cranky all day.