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    Reducing Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer Through Nutrition

    Alyssa Welte Clinical Dietitian 03/27/2024
    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, this is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the few cancers that can be preventable. Early detection by screening, such as a colonoscopy, is the best way to prevent or catch colorectal cancer early. Diet and exercise also play a significant role in prevention.
    How can you change your diet to lower your risk of colorectal cancer?
    • Eat a high-fiber diet. Studies show higher fiber intake can lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Add fruits and vegetables to meals or snacks. Incorporate whole grain products like bread, whole grain pasta and brown rice. Check out the ingredients list; whole grain should be listed as the first ingredient. You can also add high-fiber foods like beans, flax seeds, or chia seeds to your foods.
    • Limit red meats and processed meats. Foods like hot dogs, bacon, and some deli meats have been shown to increase colorectal cancer risk. Choose fresh, unprocessed meats like chicken, fish, or pork to help decrease the number of processed meats you eat.
    • Limit alcohol intake. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than two drinks per day for men or one drink per day for women.
    Other lifestyle habits that can lower your risk include regular exercise, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you need help making lifestyle changes, have your doctor send a referral to meet with a Deaconess Dietitian.
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