Colon cancer is one of the common death-leading cancers in the U.S. As data of the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that more than 134,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed. However, deaths from this cancer in the U.S. are on the decline, a recent report in the journal Gut said, as half of the cases in the U.S. could be prevented from it.
“Research now suggests that 50 percent of colorectal cancers in the United States are preventable each year through diet, weight and physical activity. That’s about 67,200 cases every year,” Alice Bender, Head of Nutrition Programs at the American Institute for Cancer Research, said in an institute news release.
There are some steps could help you reduce your risk for this disease.
– Keep a healthy body weight and watch your belly fat
– Get frequent resonable physical activity, including house cleaning or running
– Eat a good deal of high-fiber foods. Bender suggests that you can lower your colon cancer risk by 10 percent for every 10 grams of fiber which is a bit less than a cup of beans daily.
– Limit red meat consumption and stay away from processed meats involving hot dogs, bacon, sausage and deli meats.
– Limit your intake of alcohol to no more than 2 standard drinks per day for men, and 1 a day for women.
– Increase garlic consumption as a diet rich in garlic contributes to lower your risk of getting colon cancer.
Though, there are some risk factors you cannot change, for example, age (usually start from 50, but some people are still diagnosed at an earlier age); family history of colon cancer or pre-cancerous polyps, or other colon problems, particularly in parents, brothers or sisters, or children; and your personal history of colon problems.
In addition, you should get screenings to be able to detect cancer before signs or symptoms develop. Colon screenings can usually find expansion called polyps which can be withdrawn before they become cancer. It contributes to the early cancer detection and leads to the fact that the treatments are more likely to be successful.
“The treatability of colon cancer is much greater if you can detect it at a very early stage than if you detect it too late,” said Dr. Vincent M. Pedre, an Integrative and Functional Medicine Doctor in New York City and the author of “Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Eliminate Pain”.
It is highly recommended that if you are at 50, you should start getting these tests, or you can ask your doctor for more information about when and which tests might be the most appropriate for your condition.