Colorectal Cancer News
Controlling Weight, Diet Can Lower Your Risk of Colon Cancer
In 2009, more than 100,000 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. However, according to a Geisinger physician, maintaining a healthy weight and nutritional habits can help lower the risk of developing the disease.
"Being overweight or obese can greatly increase your risk of developing colon cancer," said Maged Fouad Khalil, M.D., a hematologist and oncologist at Geisinger Medical Center. "Adults should therefore engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day to reduce their weight and their risk of developing the disease."
At least five servings of fruits and vegetables the size of a tennis ball and whole grains are recommended daily. Khalil recommends avoiding red meats and other processed meats. A study by the American Cancer Society in 2005 reported that people who ate high amounts of red meat were 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop colon cancer, and those who ate high amounts of processed meats were 50 percent more likely.
Khalil said that while losing weight and maintaining healthy eating habits can lower the risk of developing the disease, the most effective prevention mechanism is to follow colonoscopy screening guidelines.
Geisinger Health Systems. Controlling weight, diet can lower your risk of colon cancer. Pocono Record. 2010 April 1.