- Posted by jdavis on August 1, 2011
By following some basic practices, about half of the 48,000 deaths from colon cancer can be prevented.
You may be able to cut your risks of colon cancer:
– 75% – by taking a daily multiple vitamin and mineral that contains 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid. Calcium supplements of 1200mg daily have also been shown to lower pre-cancerous colon polyps.
– 50% – by regular screening, including an annual digital rectal exam and fecal occult blood test. For those over 50 years of age, schedule a colonoscopy every five years.
– 50% – if you exercise at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week.
– 40% – if you maintain your ideal weight for your height.
– 34% – if you eat 9 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily. In addition, limit meat. If you must have meat, favor poultry and fish.
Note: If you are at high risk for colorectal cancer because of a family history or because you have been diagnosed with polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or genetic mutations, start screening once you turn 40 years of age. New genetic counseling can also provide an insight into your risks.