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Colon Cancer Prevention   

There is no unique mean to prevent colon cancer; several methods can be used to prevent the disease:  

Aspirin - aspirin seems to prolong the lives of patients with colon cancer. According to a U.S. study, aspirin can reduce by 29% the risk of recurrence of colon cancer. However, results vary from one person to another, and the prevention is effective for patients who adopt a lifestyle and eat an anti-colon cancer diet. 

Early detection - to find early cancerous or precancerous polyps, it is now recommended for all people to undergo testing on a regular basis from the age of 40 for people at risk or 50 for those who are not. Earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the higher your chances of recovery. In fact, it is estimated that screening for colon cancer can reduce up to 33% of colon cancer deaths among people aged 50 and over. Do not wait for the manifestation of symptoms to see your doctor; from the time you experience symptoms, the cancer is already advanced, and your survival chance becomes decreases.  

Lifestyle - these steps can help you not only prevent colorectal cancer but also most other type of cancer: 

  • Eliminate in your diet all foods that can lead to the development of colorectal cancer: red meat, grilled sausage, smoked ham, salami and sausages, etc. If you cannot completely stop consuming them, eat them rarely and moderately.  
  • Quit smoking if you are smoker. Smoking is the source of a variety of diseases including colorectal cancer 
  • Exercise regularly, at least 3 times a week 
  • Consume alcohol moderately; heavy drinking increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer  
  • Take vitamin D supplement, mainly in autumn and winter. If you are elderly or rarely expose to the sun, you can take vitamin D throughout the year 
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains; these foods are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that keep not only your digestive tract healthy but also your whole body. It is shown in many studies that fruits and vegetables when consumed regularly and in great quantity, have beneficial effects in preventing and fighting against almost all types of cancer.  

 

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