Colorectal cancer kills 950 Americans, 320 Brits, 73 Australians, 175 Canadians and 24 Kiwis on average each week.
An ongoing project that has analyzed and compiled the data from 749 scientific papers to date, has established 6 ways people can reduce their risk of being another bowel cancer statistic.
A few easy dietary and lifestyle changes can make a lot of difference in reducing your risk.The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research are behind this effort and common sense would dictate that the sooner that these recommendations are put into practice, the greater impact they will have on a person’s overall risk.
Top 6 Bowel Cancer Prevention Tips
- Reduce body fat, especially around the waist.
- Cut back on alcohol consumption.
- Eat fiber rich, plant based foods such whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and pulses as the majority of your diet.
- Limit red meat intake to no more than 500 grams a week.
- Avoid processed meats entirely.
- Get adequate exercise.
This is an ongoing effort and there’s much more to learn about colon cancer. However, the research to date identifies the above 6 as being simple ways you can reduce your bowel cancer risk.
Personally having two grandparents die of colon cancer, I especially am concerned with reducing my risk as it has also been shown to have hereditary links. While colon cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, it is also believed to be the most preventable.