Colon Cancer Prevention

Also indexed as:Cancer, Colon
Studies show that diet and lifestyle changes may reduce risk of getting this cancer. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Eat your veggiesCruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower, are associated with a reduced colon cancer risk.
Enjoy coffeePreliminary studies suggest that coffee drinkers may have a lower colon cancer risk than those who do not drink coffee, but more research is needed to confirm this link.
Feast on fiberSome, though not all, studies have shown that people who eat high amounts of fiber have a lower risk for colon cancer.
Spice it up with garlic and onions Components in garlic and onions prevent nitrates from being converted into cancer-causing substances, and people who eat them often appear to have reduced colon cancer risk.
Steer clear of sugarTry satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit and unsweetened treats, as people who eat high amounts of sugar-containing foods have had an increased colon cancer risk. Whether this is due to other dietary or lifestyle factors remains unknown.
Team up with tomatoesHigh in the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes may protect against a variety of cancers including colon cancer.
Cut back on saltAssociations between salt intake and colon cancer are reported in some preliminary studies. Although this connection has not been proven, it would be prudent to avoid excess salt.
Limit meatEat less meat or opt for meat that isn’t well-done, fried, or heavily browned to reduce your colon cancer risk.
Watch the fatDietary fat has long been regarded as an important influence on colon cancer development, but the association between the two remains inconsistent.
Cut down on alcoholDoctors recommend that people wishing to reduce their colon cancer risk abstain from drinking alcohol. Those who continue to drink should take folic acid supplements.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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