6 ways to reduce the risk of Colon Cancer

The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of medicine.

-Ann Wigmore

We couldn’t agree more. Right food is the best preventive care any one can take. It is true to reduce the risk of colon cancer too. Making few changes to your diet can help reduce the risk of colon/bowel/colo-rectal cancer.

Here are 6 proven ways to increase your colon health and protect you from colon cancer.

1. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains

Diets that include lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have been linked with a decreased risk of colon cancer. Reduce the intake of red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) and processed meats hot dogs and some luncheon meats.

2. Get regular exercise

Being active physically with regular excercise is the best way to reduce any health risk and it is true for colon cancer also. Increasing physical activity reduces the risk.

  1. Don’t smoke. Long term smokers are more prone to colon cancer then non-smokers.
  2. Limit Alcohol. Alcohol use has been linked with a higher risk of cancers of the colon and rectum. The evidence for this is generally stronger in men than in women, but studies have found the link in both sexes.
  3. Get Enough Calcium and Vitamin D. There is good evidence that getting enough calcium and vitamin D can help protect against colon cancer.
  4. Get screened regularly for colon cancer. Screenings are tests that look for cancer before signs and symptoms develop. Colon screenings can often find growths called polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. These tests also can find colon cancer earlier, when treatments are more likely to be successful.