At Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, we want to educate our patients about their risk for certain cancers and how to prevent them from occurring. This week, we discuss colon cancer risk and how your diet affects it. If you’d like to learn how to prevent colon cancer naturally, start with concentrating on the foods you eat.
What Foods to Eat for a Healthy Colon
One of the best diets for a person trying to reduce their colon cancer risk is a pesco-vegetarian diet. This diet features mostly fruits and vegetables, and moderately incorporating fish. The pesco-vegetarian diet provides the most protection against colon cancer. A recent study showed a 45 percent reduced colon cancer risk compared to a non-vegetarian diet.
Red meat—processed meat especially—can increase your risk of colon cancer. Many of the processes used to preserve meat add in dangerous chemical preservatives. Avoid this risk by limiting or completely cutting out your intake of bacon, ham, sausage, and hot dogs.
Foods high in fiber
Fruits and other foods that are high in fiber can decrease your risk of colon cancer. Fiber adds bulk to your digestive system, and it shortens the amount of time that wastes travels through your colon. Foods that are high in fiber can help clear out your colon and remove harmful carcinogens that could infect the intestinal cells.
So, the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” can reign some truth after all.
More Resources about Your Cancer Risk
At Nevada Surgery & Cancer Care, we specialize in colon and gynecologic cancer treatment and education about those cancers. Contact our office to schedule a cancer screening or to start discussing your options for treatment.