risk management

Dana Welle, DO, JD

Colorectal Cancer, more commonly referred to as colon or rectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women when considered together. The number of deaths related to Colon Cancer over the past several decades has declined thanks to early prevention through screenings.  The CDC recommends screenings for adults over the age of 50.

In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month, we’ve complied tips for making healthy diet and lifestyle choices.


Eating to prevent Colon Cancer includes:

  • A diet low in animal fats
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • A diet high in fiber and whole grains
  • Eating or supplementing nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and selenium

Lifestyle habits to prevent Colon Cancer:

  • Increased physical activity, which promotes mobility in the intestines
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Do not use tobacco
  • Avoid excess weight gain
  • Attending screenings as recommended by your doctor
  • Asking your doctor what type of screening is right for you

It is important for you to speak with your doctor about your risks for colon cancer whether you have symptoms or not. A doctor’s office can sometimes be an intimidating environment, and you may forget or not know what questions to ask your doctor. To help you have a conversation with your doctor about your colon cancer risks and screening, you can find a list of questions here.

By: Dana Welle, DO, JD

Dana Welle has more than 16 years of clinical experience as an obstetrician-gynecologist. After completing her residency in a large tertiary academic medical center, she began private practice where she continued to manage high risk obstetric cases as well as perform complicated gynecological surgery. She is a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and also a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Although she is no longer directly involved in patient care, she continues her pursuit of medical knowledge and remains active in both ACOG and ACS. Dana currently serves as Chief Medical Executive of The Risk Authority Stanford.