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Colon cancer has traditionally been considered a disease that usually appears after 50, however this is changing
Not only is there a increase in patients under 50 years who are being diagnosed with colon cancer, if not who are also detecting in advanced stages of cancer.
Although there are many studies that argue that having cancer is something predetermined in our DNA or that it is the product of a random genetic mutation, there are little things we can do to reduce the potential risk of developing colon cancer.
How can we reduce the risk of colon cancer?
1. Stop smoking. Quitting smoking is good for your overall health, but studies have shown a strong link between smoking and colon cancer.
2. Avoid spending many hours sitting. We spend too much time sitting, and it seems that in the long term it could be responsible for more than 40,000 cases of colon cancer each year.
3. Maintain a healthy weight. A study of more than 120,000 adults, between 55 and 69 years old, showed that the diagnosis of colon cancer was 25% higher in people who were overweight or obese compared to slimmer people.
4. Reduce the consumption of red meat. High consumption of red and processed meat can increase the risk of cancer in the distal portion of the large intestine.
5. Reduce your sugar intake.
6. Avoid antibiotics. Some antibiotics can also change the intestinal flora.
7. Get enough vitamin D. The latest research suggests that vitamin D levels are also a risk factor for colon cancer.
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