changing your diet reduce your risk of colorectal cancer?
Scott Strong, surgical director of Northwestern Medicine’s
Digestive Health Center, said it certainly can’t hurt.
simple changes such as increasing your fiber intake and
reducing your consumption of red meat might reduce your risk
know without question that obesity is a risk factor for colon
cancer," Strong said.
more fruits and vegetables and limiting processed meat can
also decrease risk, he said. As can increasing calcium, folic
acid and vitamin D.
cancer includes cancer of the colon and rectum, and is the
second leading cancer killer in the U.S., according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And one in seven
colorectal patients was younger than 50 years old, a January
study in the journal Cancer showed.
large percent of the population still doesn’t undergo their
screening colonoscopy, even though they’ve been told that
they should have it done," Strong said.
screening is encouraged. Early detection can greatly influence
how effectively cancer can be treated or even prevented.
we’re trying to do is find the cancer at an early stage,
where it’s more curable," Strong said. "Not only
are we looking for cancer, we’re preventing cancer."