5 Ways to Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer
By Brandi Swieter
March means Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Referring to the colon, this type of cancer is the second-highest in terms of mortality rate. It impacts people of all ages, although it typically is seen in those above the age of 50. With some prevention methods, colon cancer can be reduced. There are at least five ways to help.
Avoid Processed Meats
Some processed meats, such as hot dogs and lunch meats, have been linked to colon cancer. Avoid eating them to prevent the spread of the disease. Red meat is not healthy when eaten in excess, so that should also be avoided when possible. Skip the brats and burgers at cookouts and opt for a piece of chicken instead. Leaner meats are healthier for the body overall.
Eat More Broccoli
Produce rich in folate and B vitamins are said to have colon cancer-reducing effects. Cruciferous vegetables are the best sources, including broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Eat more of these to do your part to keep this type of cancer and others at bay.
Smoking increases the risk of developing any type of cancer, including colon. By quitting, these risks get significantly reduced. The longer a person smokes, the more difficult it is to keep diseases at bay. Quitting as soon as possible should be the goal for all smokers.
Exercise More Often
Those who tend to sit around without getting much exercise have an increased risk of getting colon cancer. To combat this, people need to get up and exercise more often. Something as simple as going for a short walk around the neighborhood each day could help a lot in way of prevention. Add in some strengthening exercises to keep the body lean and toned as excess weight can have an effect on the colon as well.
Get a Screening
A colon screening will tell people if there is a problem before it develops into something worse. For example, if a small polyp is found, doctors can address the issue and remove the growth to prevent it from spreading.
Everyone with a colon (and that means everyone) should be more aware of their colon health. Cancer can develop in this area just as in any other area of the body. With a few prevention methods, the possibility of this occurring can be reduced for more people. Some people already have high risk factors, so using some preventative tips can’t hurt.
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