Dietary Changes Could Reduce The Prevalence Of Colon Cancer

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 in Cancer

By Better Health Research News Desk • Mar 2nd, 2011 • Category: Digestive Health, Health News

In recognition of National Colon Cancer Month, the American Cancer Association (ACA) has released a new study outlining the lifestyle changes that Americans can make to reduce their risk of developing the disease.

The report, called Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2011-2013, said that the 49,000 deaths that occur each year in the U.S. due to colorectal cancer are largely preventable. The disease is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer.

Beyond its recommendations to exercise and avoid smoking and alcohol intake, the ACA said that simple dietary changes can make the likelihood of colon cancer much slimmer. It suggested skipping processed foods and red meat in favor of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Lowering one’s consumption of fats can also reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds.

Maintaining a healthy weight and eating fiber-rich foods may also keep the odds of colorectal cancer low, according to the Mayo Clinic. Individuals who are concerned about their digestive health may consider adding a daily vitamin supplement or herbal extract to their diet.