-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, March 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer
is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are ways of
reducing your risk.
"Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with early screening and detection," Dr. Anne Lin, assistant professor of general surgery for the University of California, Los Angeles, Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine, said in a UCLA news release.
Taking the following measures can help you lower your risk of
developing colorectal cancer, according to UCLA experts.
If you have a normal level of risk, you should get regular
screenings beginning at age 50. If you're at high risk -- with a
personal or family history of colorectal cancer, other cancers or
inflammatory bowel disease -- you should talk to your doctor about
beginning screenings before age 50.
Every day, eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber from fruits, vegetables,
nuts, beans or whole-grain breads and cereals. It's also important
to eat a low-fat diet, because colorectal cancer has been linked to
diets high in saturated fat. You should also include foods with
folate, such as leafy green vegetables.
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you're a smoker,
quit. The combination of drinking and smoking is associated with
colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers, according to the
Get at least 20 minutes of exercise three or four days a week.
Moderate activities such as walking, climbing stairs or gardening
may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
A healthy weight is important because obesity might boost the
risk of colorectal cancer.
Tell your doctor about symptoms such as a change in bowel
habits, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, weight loss or
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
colorectal cancer prevention.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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