Can You Prevent Cancer?
There is still so much to learn about how to treat and prevent cancer that we don’t think of it as an avoidable disease. Part of what makes cancer so frightening is that it can strike anyone at any age. It is the boogie man that sneaks up on us without warning. Yet, the truth is that some forms of cancer are considered chronic diseases that are preventable for a large portion of the population. Genetics certainly do play a role in whether people are predisposed to cancer, but lifestyle choices are the main variable that determines your risk of acquiring cancer.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
With March in full swing and the end of winter in sight, chances are you haven’t give much thought to your colon health. Along with longer days and warmer weather, March also marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to refocus on your health and ways you can prevent colon cancer.
Along with lung cancer and breast cancer, colorectal cancer ranks in the top three deadliest forms of cancer. Doctors predict that around 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2014, resulting in around 50,000 deaths. This number can be significantly reduced with regular screenings and simple lifestyle changes.
A simple colonoscopy can detect polyps that may turn into full-blown cancer. Most doctors will immediately remove any polyps thereby significantly reducing your risk for developing cancer. While the necessary preparation for a colonoscopy can uncomfortable, the average person will only need to undergo the procedure once every ten years starting around age 50.
Watch this short video to learn more about how a colonoscopy works:
While regular screenings can help detect colorectal cancer in its early stages, the number one thing you can do to avoid all forms of cancer is make healthy lifestyle choices. You can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by:
- Increasing your physical activity
- Cutting back on processed meats
- Making sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D
- Eating enough fruits and vegetables
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Increasing amount of fiber in your diet
If you are eating the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, chances are that your diet is already fiber rich. However, you can further enhance your diet with fiber supplements that will keep you regular and make sure that waste and toxins are passing through your body and being eliminated.
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