Colon cancer is also commonly known as colorectal cancer. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer across the world and roughly accounts for about ten to fifteen percent of all cancer cases diagnosed. Since it is a cancer it is a life threatening disease and close to a million people die every year due to this form of the disease.
While the numbers are quite a letdown and disheartening there are a few dietary changes and lifestyle changes that one can adopt along with regular colorectal screenings which would in actual fact help drop the risk of colon cancer development within an individual.
It has been studied and reported that close to about 70 percent of colon cancer or colorectal cancer can be or could have been prevented. Having the right diet and avoiding certain types of food have shown that the diet you follow can make difference in preventing this disease.
You should follow a healthy diet and avoid foods high in sugar content. Avoid having pastries, cakes and sugary foods as these over a period of time lead to the body becoming insulin resistant. This eventually would result in diabetes and therefore you need to be careful. Also Insulin resistance makes the colon prone to developing cancerous cells and tumors.
Your diet should contain whole grains such as rice. Pasta’s, whole grain bread, brown bread among other things should also be a part of your diet. You should also make sure that you have a lot of vegetables. A generous helping of fruits daily is a great practice as they contain natural sugars which are simpler and easier for the body to absorb. Also they are not harmful to the body
Fish which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon should be had as research has indicated that people who had a diet rich in omega three fatty acids had a much lower risk of contracting colon cancer. Avoid eating red meat and pre processed meats and eat foods that are rich in calcium. Also ensure that you get enough of vitamin d as they help to reduce colon cancer.