It’s not often that scientific evidence presents a way to cut cancer risk by 45 percent, but a British study funded by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research recently made this claim in regards to colon cancer. The report, which reviewed data from numerous studies on the topic, stated that a combination of reducing red and processed meat intake, exercising more, increasing fiber intake and maintaining a normal weight could significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer, preventing around 64,000 cases every year.
One of the most common types of cancers in both American men and women, cancer of the colon is detectable through routine colonoscopy, a procedure that allows your doctor to view the interior lining of the colon. Removal of precancerous lesions called polyps or cancerous lesions can serve as both a diagnostic and preventative tool for bowel cancers which develop in the large intestine. There are also other methods to evaluate the colon and these methods are used in certain cases.
While both red meat and processed meats such as bacon and sausage made the risk list, the risks were higher for processed meat, which the research organizations recommended avoiding completely. Limiting red meat consumption of beef, lamb, or pork helps decrease the risk of developing the disease.
While not everyone agrees on the dietary recommendations, all agree on one point: having a colonoscopy after age 50 reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer. If you haven’t already done so, call a Beverly Hills gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon or proctologist and schedule one today.