Colon Cancer Survival Rate Impacted By Diet

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

According to recent research, following a diet low in carbohydrates could reduce the risk of colon cancer recurrence.


Could changing the way you eat really impact your ability to fight cancer? New research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute is suggesting just that. Researchers found that among those diagnosed with stage-3 colon cancer, following a diet heavy in carbohydrates was associated with a higher risk of death.

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Specifically, individuals who consumed a diet rich in carbohydrate foods that spike blood sugar and insulin levels were up to 80 percent more likely to experience cancer recurrence or even death than those who ate the least amount of these foods.

Tips for Fighting Colon Cancer in Los Angeles

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths in the United States. This is why it is so important to schedule a preventative colonoscopy in Los Angeles. Individuals over the age of 50 are at a heightened risk of the disease, but a screening colonoscopy can detect the presence of pre-cancerous growths early on, and even remove colon polyps before more drastic treatment becomes necessary.

This study suggests that those diagnosed with colon cancer, as well as those who are at a heightened risk of developing the disease attempt to follow a low-carbohydrate diet. There is no absolute proof that following a high carbohydrate diet will eliminate your risk of colon cancer, or even reduce the severity of an existing condition, but the association between cancer survival rates and low-carbohydrate diets is enough for many researchers and physicians to recommend eliminating a number of foods from your diet.

Foods you may want to consider reducing or eliminating from your diet include:

  • Bread, including bagels, muffins and other forms of grains.
  • Oatmeal
  • White Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Soda

Of course, you should always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, especially during cancer treatment. While this study was observational in nature, it is just one of a plethora of studies to come out in recent years concerning the potential link of certain foods to cancer growth. Sugar in particular has been highly associated with cancer reoccurrence. Sugar itself is a form of carbohydrate, and so it is recommended to avoid the sweet substance by these researchers as well.

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