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6 Steps to Prevent Colon Cancer

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014

Did you know that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in the nation? Through screenings and lifestyle changes you can prevent this deadly disease.

To kick off National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we're sharing tips on how to have a healthier colon and take steps to prevent the number 2 cancer killer in the United States.

Screenings

Screenings are extremely important in the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. Men and women age 50 and older, or those with a family history of the disease, should be screened for colon cancer on a regular basis. Learn more about colorectal cancer screening guidelines and talk to your provider about the most appropriate screening options for you.

Food and Nutrition

To prevent colon cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends focusing on eating at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily, as well as whole grain breads and cereals, and limiting or avoiding red meat (including pork), foods with high fat content and highly processed foods.

Weight and Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

An increased risk of colorectal cancer has been seen among men with higher BMIs. The strongest association of risk for colon cancer has been seen among those who have a higher distribution of body fat throughout the midsection. The same is true among women, although the risk seen in women appears to be much weaker.

Exercise

As we all know, exercise and physical activity have countless health benefits and the same is true in preventing colon cancer. To protect against colon cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity daily.

Limit Drinks

Increased alcohol intake, especially among men, has been associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than 2 drinks for men and 1 drink for women daily.

Quit Smoking

Smoking has not only been linked to lung cancer, but also to colorectal cancer. If you smoke, learn how to reduce your risk of developing colorectal or other types of cancer, and prevent other conditions and diseases through smoking cessation.

Learn more about colorectal cancer screening guidelines

About Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute

Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute offers patients the quality care they expect from a leader in cancer diagnosis and treatment — close to home. Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and a member of Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network, our board-certified physicians and oncology-certified practitioners provide comprehensive, coordinated care and services for the full range of cancer diagnoses including breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancers.

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