How can I reduce my risk for colorectal cancer?
While there may be certain factors (such as family history) that you don't have much control over, there are several ways that can help you reduce your risk for colorectal cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight increases your risk for colorectal cancer. Try to maintain a healthy weight to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
Regularly participate in moderate physical activity: Being physically active not only helps you feel great, but it reduces your risk of colorectal cancer and other diseases as well! Examples of moderate activity include
- Brisk walk
- Mowing lawn (push mower)
- Ballroom dancing
- Water aerobics
- Jumping on Trampoline
- Table tennis
- Tennis (doubles)
Maintain a healthy diet:
- Increase intake of vegetables, fruit and whole grains
- Low intake of red and processed meats
Men: limit consumption to 2 drinks a day
Women: limit consumption to 1 drink a day
Most importantly, get screened on time! Timely colorectal cancer screening can detect polyps BEFORE they develop into cancer. If you are due for your colorectal cancer screening, DON'T WAIT!