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4 Ways To Avoid Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer is one of the more common cancers, about 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will develop colon or rectal cancer at some point during their lifetime. But there are things you can do to help lower your risk and they are below:

Get screened

Colorectal screenings can often find growths on the colon or rectum called polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. These tests also can find colon or rectal cancer earlier, when treatments are more likely to be successful. It is advisable to do screening every 3 months at least to ensure you are in perfect health.

Eat healthy

Diets that include lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have been linked with a decreased risk of colon or rectal cancer. Eat less red meat (beef, pork,) and processed meats, which have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Exercise

If you are not physically active, you may have a greater chance of developing colon or rectal cancer. Increasing your activity may help reduce your risk.

Drink moderately

Alcohol is a strange thing when it comes to health. It’s heart-healthy in moderation but can increase the risk of colon and other cancers at high levels.  If you drink moderately (up to one drink per day for women, two per day for men), there’s likely no reason for you to stop. If you don’t drink, though, there’s no reason for you to start. Heavy drinkers should try to cut down or quit.

Be informed

Often, people have no symptoms in the early stages of colorectal cancer, when it’s easier to treat.

That’s why it is critical to identify those at higher risk of developing the disease. Primary care physicians can help assess your risks. Also, it is important to know your family history because it can be hereditary.

Always keep healthy, all these tips will help you keep safe.

The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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