We can do quite a lot to lower our chances of developing colorectal cancer:
- Regular screenings – especially if you have had colorectal cancer before, you are over 60, there is a family history of this type of cancer, you have Crohn’s disease. Some experts say screening should start after the age of 50.
- Nutrition – make sure your diet has plenty of fiber, fruit, vegetables, and good quality carbohydrates. Keep your consumption of red meat and processed meat down to a minimum, or cut them out altogether. Switch from saturated fats to good quality fats, such as avocado, olive oil, fish oils, and nuts. However, this study found that although vegetarians have an overall lower risk of developing cancers, their risk of developing colorectal cancer is higher than meat eaters.
- Exercise – exercise regularly. Moderate, regular exercise has been shown to have a significant impact on lowering a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer.
- Bodyweight – keep your bodyweight healthy. Being overweight or obese raises a person’s risk of developing many cancers, including colorectal cancer.