Because colon cancer often shows no symptoms until its later stages, regular screenings are recommended – even for people with no signs of the disease. In fact, there are now simple, non-invasive screening options for those at average risk.
In addition to screenings, there are several steps you can take to lower your chances of developing this common cancer.
Cut down on red meat: According to the American Cancer Society, increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can reduce your risk of colon cancer, as does decreasing your intake of red meat and other high-fat foods.
Limit alcohol use: Those happy hour beers might be catching up to you. Alcohol intake has been linked to a higher risk of colon cancer, so drink in moderation. That means two drinks a day for men and one drink daily for women.
Kick the habit: Smokers are likelier than nonsmokers to develop colon cancer. Not only does quitting cigarettes lower your chances of colon cancer, but it also lowers your risk of other cancers. You’ll also just feel better overall.
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EMBRACE | June 2018