Seven Strategies that Protect Against Colon Cancer

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March 22, 2019

Seven Strategies that Protect Against Colon Cancer

Cancer of the colon or rectum is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. But the outlook is bright: Experts are studying ways to prevent this cancer that attacks the digestive system.  

Six Lifelong Habits

Research shows that the following tactics can lower your risk for colon cancer:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight and participate in regular physical activity.
  2. Limit your intake of red meat and animal fats
  3. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  4. Curb your alcohol consumption. Also quit (or never start) smoking cigarettes.
  5. Increasing the amount of folic acid and vitamin B-6 in your diet may offer protection against colon cancer. However, supplementing with vitamins containing folic acid or B-6 does not appear to provide protection.
  6. Get adequate calcium and vitamin D from foods or a supplement. Talk with your doctor about calcium amount recommendations as there are several conditions where calcium supplementation can be dangerous.

The Seventh Strategy: Screenings

“Most curable colon cancers occur in patients who did not have symptoms at the time of diagnosis,” says Dr. Soo Kim, colon and rectal surgeon with Colon and Rectal Associates, Ltd. at Holy Redeemer. “Even if you have no symptoms whatsoever, that colon cancer screening is a MUST.”

Colon cancer may cause symptoms including:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Recurrent stomach pain or cramping
  • Stools narrower than usual
  • Unexplained weight loss

The American Cancer Society recommends people with an average risk for colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45, while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises beginning screening at age 50. If you have an increased risk for colorectal cancer, you may need to get tested at an earlier age. People at increased risk include:

  • Individuals with a personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps, which are precancerous growths in the colon or rectum
  • Anyone with inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

To learn more or to schedule a colonoscopy click here or call 215-517-1250.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by chen
We actually use the squat stool here at the nursing homes. It helps much better than the prune juice. Demographics in certain countries have also shown that squatting while passing motion will help reduce the incidence of constipation and hemorrhoid issues.

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