Colorectal cancer is the fifth most common cancer, with an average of 150,000 new cases every year. There are some risk factors that cannot be changed, such as age and genetic predisposition, but there are some risk factors that you can do your part to control in the fight against colorectal cancer.
Your Diet Matters
The more fat that you consume, the higher your chances are of having colorectal cancer. Eight out of every 10 people who have colorectal cancer have a history of a high-fat diet. What can you do to make a difference? One solution is to switch up your diet. Certain foods are filled with trans and saturated fats, but you might not know it! Foods like red meats have high saturated fat levels. Foods like cookies, chips, and doughnuts all have very high trans fat levels. Your fat intake and your cholesterol are connected. If you have high cholesterol, there is a good chance that you have a high-fat diet.
As with a majority of health problems, a mobile and exercise-filled life will help lower body fat and will improve your overall health. Exercise is always a recommended action step to beginning a new healthy lifestyle. Despite exercise being a key component to your health, it won’t do you much good without a diet change. Start with cutting out junk foods and fast food. These two food categories, although delicious, are not good for your fat intake. Eating more fruits, veggies, and low-fat meats (like fish and poultry), will turn your diet around and lower your chances of having colorectal cancer, as well as creating a happier, flexible, and more mobile lifestyle.
Here at Associates in Digestive Health, we care about your future. If you are worried about your chances of getting colorectal cancer and want to make a change in your diet, please make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists!