Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States… but it doesn’t have to be. You can decrease your odds of colon cancer by making a few lifestyle changes.
Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you get an array of vitamins and nutrients.
Drink alcohol in moderation, if you drink it at all. You should limit your intake to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
Stop smoking! SOMC offers free smoking cessation classes that can help you kick the habit.
Exercise most days of the week. You should try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you’ve been living an inactive lifestyle, you can start slowly and gradually build up to that level.
Maintain a healthy weight. Exercising and eating right can help you reach a healthy weight, and once you have it you need to keep it. Ultimately, weight loss comes down to a simple formula: aim to increase your exercise and decrease your calories.
To learn more about what you can do to prevent colon cancer, consult with your physician.