How to prevent colon cancer

How to prevent colon cancer

Physical Activity

Individuals who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing colon cancer. The secret to preventing colon cancer is exercising most days of the week for at least 30 minutes per day. Talk with your doctor or a personal trainer and build the best exercise schedule for you.


Being overweight or obese increases the risk of colorectal cancer. You should maintain a healthy and steady weight through physical activity and modifying your eating habits. Try to lose kilos gradually by decreasing your daily consumption of calories and increasing your exercise amount per week.


The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Abstaining from alcohol is ideal. 


Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit. Smoking increases the risk of developing many different types of cancer. It also affects the health of your colon, exposing it to various harmful chemical substances. These substances affect the architecture of the colon-cells DNA, promoting pre-cancerous conditions. You can discontinue smoking with the help of psychological support or even medication designed to help you quit.

Healthy Diet

Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods are protective of your colon and boost your intestinal health. Try and choose a type of them to provide you with vitamins and minerals that are preventive against colon cancer. Avoid high amounts of red meat such as beef, pork, lamb, or liver. Also, limit the consumption of saturated fats in your diet.

Reduce Saturated Fat

Eat less saturated fats found in foods like red meat and whole-milk dairy products. High-fat diets promote cancerous growth in the colon by modifying the balance of the bile acids in the intestine. As a result, a hormonal signal allows and potentially boosts the growth of cancerous cells in the colon. Therefore, adopting a healthy and balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables is essential.

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