We now know that colon cancer can be detected early and even prevented with routine screening tests, but there are additional measures you can take to reduce your risk for cancer and other diseases.
Colon cancer risk is based on both genetic factors and lifestyle factors. Lifestyle factors are totally within your control—this group of risk factors includes diet and exercise habits, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and other decisions that can impact your health.
Research shows high levels of physical activity and diets high in fiber and whole grains can help reduce risk for colon cancer. Conversely, diets high in processed foods and red meat can increase risk for colon cancer. Simply improving your lifestyle habits can dramatically reduce your cancer risk.
We talked to several physicians about ways to reduce colon cancer risk, and they have a message for you—you can take your risk into your own hands!
Here's what they had to say. Learn more information about the doctors and their advice with our free eBook!
Dr. Kelly Finan
"The best thing you can do is live a healthy lifestyle! Consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables, milk, calcium and folate. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Limit red and processed meats, saturated fats and alcohol consumption.”
Dr. Jeff Bullock
"Stay active: research has repeatedly revealed a strong inverse relationship between physical activity and cancer risk, especially for colorectal cancers. Smoking cessation is one of the best things that a smoker can do to lower their cancer risk.”
Dr. Lyssy & Dr. James
"[We] recommend reducing processed foods and simple sugars such as high fructose corn syrup to optimize your health. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for medications and reverse the detrimental effects on the body caused by our traditional American diet. Lifestyle modification is essential in order to accomplish your colon health or overall health goals. Watching what you put in your body and being more active than you are now will ALWAYS be beneficial! Live well and enjoy life!”