Best foods and foods to avoid to prevent colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Smart food choices can help you reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. Some studies show that eating right, exercising, keeping a healthy weight and drinking alcohol to a minimum can reduce the incidence of the disease by more than a third.
1. Foods to eat to help prevent colorectal cancer
1.1 Dairy products Most studies agree that calcium-rich dairy products can help reduce the risk of benign tumors that develop in the rectum and colorectal cancer. Calcium supplements may also be helpful. Additionally, Vitamin D (added to milk) may also protect against these cancers, but more research is needed.
1.2 Whole grains Packaged grain products are packed with nutrients and are a great source of magnesium and fiber. Grains help stool move easily in the colon, and along the way, they can attract cancer-causing compounds in the colon and pass out. Experts recommend that each person should eat about 90 grams of whole grains daily, as oatmeal, whole grain bread and brown rice are the best choices.
1.3 Legumes Legumes such as soybeans, peas, and lentils are a good source of fiber, protein, and vitamins B and E. Beans also have compounds called flavonoids that help inhibit the growth of beans. tumors and have some antioxidants that may help protect you from colon cancer. Try swapping out one of your usual side dishes for black beans or making a pea soup.
1.4 Colorful fruits and vegetables These foods have natural substances (phytochemicals) that can stop the growth of cancer cells or fight inflammation that can cause cancer. have colorectal cancer. The best foods in this group include: broccoli, cabbage, and vitamin C-rich fruits like oranges.
1.5 Fish Fats found in fish like salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart-healthy nutrients and can slow the growth of cancer cells. But whether eating fish can keep you from getting colorectal cancer is unclear. Some studies have found that people who eat fish instead of red meat are less likely to get rectal cancer. However, you need to limit swordfish, tuna, tilefish, shark and king mackerel as these fish can contain mercury and other toxins that can damage your health over time.
2. Foods to limit
2.1 Red meat A burger with beef just coming off the grill may tempt your taste buds, but it can be bad news for the colon. A regular diet with red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb, can make you more likely to develop colorectal cancer, scientists say, but they still don't explain why these types of foods are. This meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. It is possible that carcinogens form when meat is cooked at high temperatures. Experts recommend eating less than 18 ounces of red meat a week.
2.2 Processed Meat This food group includes meats that are smoked, pickled or salted or preserved with added chemicals. In addition, frequent consumption of sausages, bacon, ham, sausages and packaged meals may increase the risk of both colorectal and stomach cancer.
2.3 Alcohol Occasional one glass of wine does not seem to affect the incidence of colorectal cancer. But moderate to heavy drinking (two or three drinks a day) can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 20%, and heavy drinking can increase it by 40%. If you regularly drink more than three drinks per day, you should be screened for colorectal cancer early.
2.4 Other foods Experts are still uncertain whether common foods and drinks play a role in causing or preventing colorectal cancer such as coffee, tea, Caffeinated beverages, sugary foods, potatoes, garlic and some others.
Researchers are still studying the link between diet and colorectal cancer, so it is likely that in the future there will be more recommendations for healthy people to prevent. Cancer and nutrition for people with colorectal cancer.
If you have colonic adenomatous polyps, have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease); a family member with colorectal cancer; If you suspect familial adenomatous polyposis, Lynch syndrome, you should go for a colon screening test because you may be at risk for colon and rectal cancer.
In April & May 2021, when there is a need for colorectal cancer examination and treatment at Vinmec Times City International Hospital & Vinmec Central Park International Hospital, customers will enjoy preferential treatment. Double offer:
- Free specialist examination and 50% discount on Colorectal Cancer Screening Package
- If indicated for treatment of Colorectal Cancer by Radiation Therapy (VMAT or IMRT) or medical treatment, Customers will continue to enjoy a subsidy of 50% of medical expenses from Thien Tam Fund (sponsored by Vingroup).
- The program is only applicable to customers who first receive colorectal cancer treatment with radiation therapy (VMAT or IMRT) or internal medicine at Vinmec
- The Thien Tam Fund subsidy program does not including: Cost of accommodation, travel; re-examination fee; In-depth tests/scans are indicated (if any) before admission for treatment and re-examination after discharge.
Currently, Vinmec International General Hospital is providing a package of screening and early detection of colon cancer, helping to detect the disease even when there are no symptoms. To register for an examination at Vinmec International General Hospital, please book an appointment on the website for service.
Reference source: webmd.com
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