We have just reached the end of march, which signifies the end to colon cancer awareness month. Colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the developed world and claims more than 50’000 lives per year.
The key to surviving colon cancer is to catch it in the early stages of development. Thanks to improving treatment technologies, stage 1 colon cancer has survival rates as high as 90%. Unfortunately many people don’t have regular checkups and notice symptoms, so find themselves with stage 2 or stage 3 upon diagnosis.
Colon Cancer Screening is crucial to avoid death from colon cancer, but there are also some simple lifestyle choices that greatly reduce the risk of colon cancer:
Eat a Healthy Diet Containing Fiber
The best way to avoid colon cancer is to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, alongside fiber rich foods like oats, wholemeal pasta and wholemeal bread. By eating a diverse range of foods, you help your body remain naturally resistant to colon cancer.
Don’t Use Tobacco
Tobacco use increases the likelihood that you will get colon cancer. If you are a smoker, quitting could add years to your lifespan and greatly improve the quality of your life.
Exercise and Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obese people are much more likely to get colon cancer than fit people. By simply getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day you can greatly reduce your colon cancer risk.