You Can Help Prevent 50% of Colon Cancer Cases
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women. And yet, it’s also the most preventable – 50% of all cases could be prevented by healthy lifestyle habits alone. This year, we’re marking Colorectal Cancer Awareness month with a unique prevention campaign: Here’s how you can get involved:
- Read our 6 Tips for Colon Cancer Prevention (below)
- Join one of our social communities to keep up with the latest research, ask questions, and post about your own experiences and events
- Spread the word that a plant-based diet, regular activity and a healthy weight can prevent 50% of colon cancer cases. HALF: Now that’s a statistic we can get behind.
6 Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer
You can take steps to reduce your risk of colon cancer by making changes in your everyday life. Take steps to:
- Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain vitamins, minerals and fiber, an important component in colon cancer prevention. For every 10 grams of fiber consumed daily – slightly less than a cup of beans – the risk of colorectal cancer is reduced by 10 percent.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.
- Stop smoking. Talk to your doctor about ways to quit that may work for you.
- Exercise most days of the week. Studies show that regular activity can help to keep hormone levels healthy, an important factor in cancer risk. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you've been inactive, start slowly and build up gradually to 30 minutes.
- Maintain a healthy weight. One of the strongest findings from the continuous update report Colorectal Cancer was the link between the cancer and excess body fat. Scientists are still investigating the reasons for this link. Excess body fat may lower immune function and increase oxidative stress, which can lead to DNA damage.
- Cut back on red meat and avoid processed meat. Limit consumption to 18 ounces of red meat a week. Research shows that, ounce for ounce, consuming processed meat increases risk twice as much as consuming red meat.
Learn more about Colon Cancer Prevention:
- Colorectal Cancer Research and Prevention
- Continuous Update Project: Colorectal Cancer
- Video: Putting Cancer Prevention on Your Grocery List
*Even more cancer cases could be prevented with screening. If you are over the age of 50 and haven’t been screened for colon cancer,please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/ for information about why it’s so important.