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The comedian and co-host of “The Talk” believes in preventative maintenance and sought out colorectal surgeon Dr. Zuri Murrell, who says, "A colonoscopy is not done to find cancer. It is the only test a man or woman can have that actually prevents cancer."
Dr. Murrell explains colon cancer starts as a polyp, and it can be removed before it becomes a cancer. He also stresses that knowing your family history with polyp and colon cancer is vital as it may require you to get the procedure early.
Sheryl says her experience prepping for the colonoscopy and recovering made her feel "so light" and helped motivate her to drink more water, eat more fiber, and make healthier food choices. Sheryl is happy to share that nothing abnormal was found during her colonoscopy.
Dr. Murrell also warns there could be a rise in colon cancer in millennials and people younger, due to an increase in obesity rates which is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. The colon expert explains only 8 percent of colon cancer is hereditary and in order to decrease your risk, he recommends increasing your consumption of fiber -- he suggests eating more blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries -- and cutting down on red meat.
And the warning signs of possible colon cancer or colon health issues may include:
- A change in bowels habits, possibly going less frequently or having trouble going which that last longer than a month
- Blood that is mixed in your stool
- Low vitamin D levels
Dr. Murrell says if you are experiencing any of these issues to see your doctor.