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Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented

Colorectal cancer is ranked the third most common cancer in the U.S., with more than 140,000 people diagnosed yearly. But the good news is that we can help prevent colon cancer on our own by 75%.

7 Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer 

  1. Screenings

Regular screening tests help detect any abnormal growths called polyps, which are removed when found, helping to prevent colon cancer at an early stage, before it develops.

Types of Screening

The one applicable for you depends on your preference or medical history:

  • Fecal Immunochemical- It is blood in the stool,and the test is conducted yearly.
  • Colonoscopy- the colon is examined to detect any abnormalities or changes in the colon.
  • Sigmoidoscopy- It’s similar to a colonoscopy test, but a small flexible tube is used to examine the lower part of the colon. It has no sedation like in colonoscopy.
  • Virtual colonoscopy – It’s a 3-D image CT scan that examines inside the colon. It’s performed every five years.
  1. Eat vegetables, fruits, and grains to increase your survival against cancer.
  2. Eat less red meat- beef or lamb. Avoid processed meat.
  3. Regular exercises -Become physically active. It boosts your mind and body. Exercise every day for 30 minutes or more. You can cycle, garden, walk, or dance. 
  4. Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for colon cancer.
  5. No smoking -Smokers are at a high risk of developing colon cancer and even other diseases like lung cancer 
  6. Limit alcohol use – though alcohol is moderately good for the heart, it can increase the risk of colon and different types of cancers. So, on a daily basis, it is advised to limit your alcohol consumption to one drink for women; and two drinks for men.

Unavoidable Dangers 

People exhibiting the following factors are at a high risk of catching unpreventable cancer:

  • Pre-cancer polyps in family history
  • Personal history for any pre-cancerous polyps in the past
  • Diabetes 2
  • If you have any of these problems, consult your doctor about which screening is best for you.

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