March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, where medical professionals all over the world are trying to raise the awareness of colorectal cancer, its risks and ways of preventing the disease. Research shows that being overweight and having too little exercise make you more likely to develop colorectal cancer. Here we give you a few top tips on reducing your risks of developing the disease.
Preventing Colon Cancer
You can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer by making small changes to your diet, such as:
- Reducing processed food intake as it contains high levels of chemicals and artificial compounds that your body could be unsure of how to break down. This can lead to mutations in some cells, causing cancer.
- A diet high in fiber is shown to reduce colon cancer risks. By increasing the fiber in your diet you will make your digestive system healthier, reducing the risks of colon cancer.
- Cholesterol in animal fat is also shown to increase colon cancer risks so try to limit your meat intake, particularly from red meat, to three or four times a week.
- Avoid drinking excess alcohol and try to have no alcohol at all at least two days a week.
- Vitamins C and D are also linked with lowered colorectal cancer risks. Try to get the recommended amount of these vitamins to keep your cancer risks at a minimum.
Physical activity is important too. Try to increase the intensity of any exercise you currently do and exercise at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes.
If you have a high BMI or waist hip ratio (WHR) you are at a greater risk of developing colorectal cancer. Studies show that men with excess belly fat (a high waist hip ratio) are at the greatest risk. Try to lose weight; every pound you lose reduces your cancer risks, as well as other health risks.
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