Colorectal Cancer, more commonly referred to as colon or rectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women when considered together. The number of deaths related to Colon Cancer over the past several decades has declined thanks to early prevention through screenings. The CDC recommends screenings for adults over the age of 50.
In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month, we’ve complied tips for making healthy diet and lifestyle choices.
Eating to prevent Colon Cancer includes:
- A diet low in animal fats
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- A diet high in fiber and whole grains
- Eating or supplementing nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and selenium
Lifestyle habits to prevent Colon Cancer:
- Increased physical activity, which promotes mobility in the intestines
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Do not use tobacco
- Avoid excess weight gain
- Attending screenings as recommended by your doctor
- Asking your doctor what type of screening is right for you
It is important for you to speak with your doctor about your risks for colon cancer whether you have symptoms or not. A doctor’s office can sometimes be an intimidating environment, and you may forget or not know what questions to ask your doctor. To help you have a conversation with your doctor about your colon cancer risks and screening, you can find a list of questions here.