“Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S; however, it is also one of the most preventable cancers. Colon cancer has been on the rise largely because of our diets and our sedentary lifestyle. However, by following our prescription for a healthy colon, one can greatly reduce their risk of developing a colorectal condition.” – Bakersfield Surgeon Team
Get A Screening
Getting regular screening for colon cancer is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways of preventing colon cancer. Age 50 was the recommended age to begin colorectal screening, however, now doctors are recommending that people begin getting screened as early as 40. There are several screening options and your colorectal physician can help you decide on the best course of action.
Maintain A Healthy Body Weight
Along with smoking, having an unhealthy weight is one of the most deadly factors associated with cancer. Numerous studies have shown that simply being overweight puts one at risk for a host of medical problems, especially colon cancer. Ideal body weight is essentially the amount you weighed in high school. Try to maintain that weight with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
The deleterious effects of smoking have been widely publicized. However, we will repeat it again here. If you smoke, stop smoking. It directly affects several of your internal systems, and specifically, increases your chances of developing colorectal cancer.
Exercising will greatly improve your overall health and help you stave off any unwanted health issues. It is recommended that we exercise at least 30 minutes a day, however, anything is better that nothing. Try and find time at work to get some light cardio in if you can. Have fun and choose an activity you enjoy so it fun and not a chore.
Moderate Your Alcohol Intake
Moderate drinking may actually be beneficial to your heart health. However, any kind of binge drinking or excessive drinking can wreak havoc on your intestines and other systems. If you are going to drink, drink moderately. A glass of red wine is good for you, but avoid any kind of excessive drinking.
Limit Your Red Meat Intake, Especially Processed Meats
Red meat intake is directly related to rates of colon cancer; the more you eat, the higher the risk. Limit your red meat intake, and please note, any kind of processed meat, including bologna, hot dogs and the like are especially bad.
Calcium And Vitamin D
Several investigations have shown that getting enough calcium and vitamin D can greatly reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Try and get it naturally, or if you can’t, consider taking a supplement that is right for you.