Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S., but early screening can actually prevent colon cancer. In this video, colon cancer patients and cancer experts discuss screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Is genetic testing a way to prevent colon cancer? Perhaps not yet, says oncologist Daniel Labow, MD, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. In this WisePatient video, he explains why treatment is still catching up to the benefits of testing.
A colon cancer diagnoses requires followup cancer screening. In this WisePatient video, oncologist Daniel Labow, MD, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, outlines how often a patient will need a colonoscopy to stay cancer-free.
Genetics play an important role in understanding your colon cancer risk and getting the best treatment, as oncologist Daniel Labow, MD, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, explains in this WisePatient video.
What is it about beans, rice, green veggies, and dried fruit that help with colon cancer prevention? In a word: fiber. And lots of it. Fiber is a known anti-carcinogen. But that's not all, folks. Scientists think there may be something else at play in these foods -- perhaps a perfect storm of various nutrients working together that helps prevent cancer. As if that weren't enough, a high-fiber foods also help steady your blood sugar, control your appetite, and lower your cholesterol.
The next time you order up a quesadilla, burrito, or tamale, don't forget to add a side of rice and beans -- your colon will thank you for indulging in these delicious high-fiber foods.
Turns out that simply eating beans three times a week, and brown rice once a week, could help prevent colon cancer.
You Are What You Eat
For three years, researchers tracked nearly 3,000 people who had colonoscopies, comparing their diets along to their incidence of colon polyps (tiny growths in the colon that lead to colon cancer). People who ate beans three times a week were 33 percent less likely to develop polyps, and those who also ate brown rice just once a week cut their risk by 40 percent. Other foods also helped: cooked green vegetables (once a day) and dried fruit (three times a week). They reduced the risk of polyps by about 25 percent.
Physical inactivity increases your risk of developing colon and rectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity, resulting in a faster heart rate, deeper breathing, and sweating, each week. Even if you can only squeeze in 10-minutes of physical activity at a time (walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator), you can still derive benefits. Researchers are finding that sitting for long periods of time, regardless of your physical activity level, is unhealthy too.
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods, and limiting the amount of red and processed meat in your diet is one of the best things you can do to lower your risk of colon and rectal cancer. Research has not proven that supplements, such as vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, folic acid (also known as folate) and resveratrol can lower colon and rectal cancer risk. However, studies are underway that may provide further evidence of the effectiveness of these and other supplements.