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One of these thing carries more germs...and itPINTHIS

Germs. They are everywhere.

A healthy human body is designed to fight off germs when it encounters them. If you could see inside your body, you’d witness a battle raging everyday, as your immune system seeks to protect you from the harm these invisible little critters seek to inflict.

So why not help your body by giving it a few less battles to fight?

One of the easiest ways to keep those pesky germs at bay is actually as simple as soap and water: it’s hand washing. But it’s not just necessary after using the restroom, for germs lurk on common household items you might not even think of:

Cell Phones and Tablets: According to a 2013 British study, researchers analyzed 30 tablets and phones and compared them to a toilet seat. The tablets had up to 600 units of staphylococcus ( a big word for bacteria that causes severe stomach sickness) the phones resulted in up to 140 units, but the toilet? Less than 20 units.
Solution: clean your screen regularly and keep it out of the bathroom. You can play “Candy Crush” some other time. And wash your hands often.

Carpet: The average human sheds approximately 1.5 million dead skin cells every hour. (That fact alone sounds like the making of a horror movie, doesn’t it?) Bacteria thrives on dead skin cells. Those cells find their way to the carpet, where they mingle with things like pet dander, pollen, and tiny food particles. Approximately 200,000 bacteria live in each sq. inch of your toilet which is almost 700 times more than a toilet seat.
Solution: Carpets require a deep cleaning at least once a year to reach the base of the carpet and  get that which a vacuum misses. And wash your hands often.

Keyboard: After swabbing only 33 keyboards in a London office, researchers found that that a computer laptop carries up to 5 times the germs of a toilet seat.
Solution: Clean surfaces and wash your hands often.

Purses and Backbacks: A purse or backpack is…wait for it…three times dirtier than a toilet seat. With regular use, a handbag is up to 10 times dirtier, especially the handles.
Solution: Keep all bags up and off the floor. Wash cloth bags regularly and use disinfectant wipes for plastic, vinyl or leather bags.

Oh and, you guessed it, wash your hands often.

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Excuses. They are SO easy to find, aren’t they? We can come up with an excuse for just about anything we don’t want to do, including getting a colonoscopy:

“I’m too busy.”
“Now is just not a good time.”
“I won’t like it.”
“I think it’s going to be difficult.”
“There are other things I’d rather be doing.”

But when the alternative is colon cancer, none of those excuses really seem to matter, do they? According to statistics, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. That’s huge. But the good news is that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if caught early, which is exactly why a colonoscopy is so important. Through a standard colonoscopy screening, doctors can locate polyps, pre-cancerous growths, and remove them before cancer develops. Studies show that these polyps are found in 25 percent of men and 15 percent of women, aged 50 and older. In fact, research by The New England Journal of Medicine found that removing polyps via a colonoscopy can reduce the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53%.

Now, we know that talking about colonoscopies is not glamorous or exciting, and many people tend to put them off because the procedure is viewed as, well, embarrassing. But thanks to today’s advancements in medicine, the procedure has never been easier: easy preparation and a very gentle procedure performed under light sedation. Many patients awake with no recollection of the procedure at all.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, so get your behind in to see a physician for this most invaluable cancer screening tool. It could save your life.

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