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Some Secrets for Easily Dodging Colorectal Cancer

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 23:20 / By Andrew Rynne

Some Secrets for Easily Dodging Colorectal Cancer

         Some Secrets for Easily Dodging Colorectal Cancer

 

Two things need to be pointed out from the onset:

  1. The word “dodging” is used here in the title because it makes for a good heading. You can’t actually dodge cancer as such. What you can do though is reduce your chances of getting colorectal cancer, at least by a few percentage points, by following some simple rules.
  2. If you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer then, by all means follow the points made here, but also please go for regular colonoscopy examination. Only in this way can you ensure detecting the cancer at an early or polyp stage when it is removable and totally curable. Only colorectal cancer that has been allowed to get away is fatal.

So, what can be done to reduce your chances of contracting the dreaded colorectal cancer?

  1. Change your diet. Studies have shown  that by increasing the amount of fibre and decreasing fats and carbohydrates in your diet, you can reduce your chances of developing colorectal cancer. Therefore a diet high in fruit and vegetables, cereals and huts is recommended.
  2. Reduce alcohol and discontinue smoking. We all know about the links between smoking and all cancers. But how about alcohol? Here I am glad to say the evidence of a link between colorectal cancers and drinking is quite weak. You can search the literature for yourself. A link does indeed exist but it is not a strong one in my view and really only applies to heavy consumption – whatever that means.
  3. Take one Baby Aspirin (75 mg) a day. Recent research strongly points to the potential for daily aspirin reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer by as much as 20%. How this of course needs to be balanced with the possible risks of aspirin taking and that is that it may raise your chances of having a haemorrhagic stroke. This is particularly the case if you suffer from raised blood pressure and if that hypertension is not properly controlled.

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