Did you know that colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the world? There are some factors that may increase the risk of colon cancer. For example, personal and family history, unhealthy diet, obesity and smoking are among some of the most common risk factors of developing colon cancer. Although there is nothing we can do to 100% prevent any type of cancer, there are some things that can be done in order to help prevent it. Below are some tips you can follow to help stop colon cancer before it starts:
Limit your consumption of red meats, saturated fat and processed foods
Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts and beans
Maintain a normal body mass index (BMI), which is a reliable indicator of body fat in most people
Exercise in moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week
Limit your alcohol consumption!
Take the necessary steps to quit smoking immediately
Get regular colon screenings – these should begin at age 50 or even earlier if you have personal or family history of colon cancer
View a helpful colon cancer infographic here.