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Foods and Medications that Lower Risk of Bowel Cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common illnesses in Western countries. Fortunately, the disease develops slowly, so it provides opportunities for prevention and intervention.Early detection increases the chances of intervention.  Researchers confirm that lifestyle changes and some medications lower the risk of colorectal cancer.

Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

According to a review, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, soy, fiber, folate, and magnesium reduce colorectal cancer risk. NSAIDs decrease the risk of colorectal cancer. 

The review excluded people with a history of adenoma removal, inflammatory bowel, diabetes, or genetic factors that increase colorectal cancer risk. Eighty studies that focussed on people who were averagely sick were examined during the review.

However, the evidence that the medicine, food, and nutrient protects against colorectal cancer is low. Dr. Michelle, an expert in obesity medicine and a gastroenterologist at the University of Miami Health System, explained that publication bias, variation in studies, amongst other factors, contributed to the low evidence level.

Food that Increase Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Consumption of red meat and alcohol increases the risk of colorectal disease. Consumption of 100g of red meat increases the risk of the disease by 10 to 30%.

Taking one or two drinks per day increased the risk by a significant level. As the patient took in more alcohol or red meat, the risk went higher.

Lifestyle changes can help prevent the incidence of cancer in America.

The American Institute for Cancer Research suggests the following lifestyle modifications for a low risk of colorectal cancer:

  • Eating a healthy diet instead of supplements
  • Maintain moderate body weight
  • Eat meals rich in vegetables, grains, beans, and whole grains
  • Engage in at least thirty minutes of physical activity daily, even if it is walking
  • Cut down on fast foods and processed foods
  • Limit consumption of processed and red meat
  • Drink more water and less sugar-sweetened drinks
  • Reduce alcohol consumption to one or two occasional drinks

Taking Precautions

Colorectal cancer symptoms include unintentional weight loss, change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, or rectal bleeding. Early screening, especially if you have a high-risk factor, can detect and manage the disease during its initial stage.

Colorectal cancer treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation, surgical resection, or a combination of the treatments. The treatment depends on the stage of cancer. 


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