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Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer which affects millions of people worldwide. Researches show that If it`s diagnosed on time, in the early stages, the death rate can be reduced by 50% with proper treatments.
This organ, the colon or large intestine, is vital organ and in order for us to be healthy it needs to be healthy also and clean all the time. The colon has a very important role in the human body that is to eliminate the toxins and the waste from the organism. If the colon doesn’t function properly than the toxins accumulate in the body causing various health problems.
PREVENTION OF COLON CANCER
As for the treatment of every other disease and for the entire health, the diet has crucial role in this case also. Healthy diet rich in fiber, a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is vital. We should all eliminate processed foods, sugar and junk food from the diet especially red meat. The red meat is one of the main foods that can cause cancer and in many different cases the red meat has been linked to colon cancer.
THE RISK FACTORS FOR COLON CANCER
The factors that can cause colon cancer are different. 35 % of the cases are caused by unhealthy diet, 5 % to 10 % are caused by genetics, 20 % are caused by infections and 30 % of the cases by smoking.
OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN LEAD TO DEVELOPMENT OF COLON CANCER ARE:
- Lack of vegetables and fruits in the everyday diet
These ingredients must be included in the diet because they contain magnesium and very powerful antioxidants which can reduce the risk of colon cancer. They also contain phytochemicals which reduces inflammation of the tissues and eliminate substances which are carcinogenic. For that reason we need to eat more apples, plums and green vegetables.
- Lack of fiber
Foods which contain fiber improve the digestion. You will lower the risk of cancer by 10% by simply adding 10 gr. of fiber in your diet. For that purpose you can eat more Chia seeds, flaxseeds and plums.
- Lower levels of vitamin D
The sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Also you can take supplements to increase the levels of vitamin D in the body but also you can include more foods that contain this vitamin in the diet.
- Alcohol abuse
For this type of cancer the excessive use of alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors. Drinking moderate amount of alcohol is not harmful but the excessive amounts can lead to cancer and other medical problems.
- Lack of garlic in the everyday diet
This powerful vegetable contains antibacterial properties and lowers the risk of many health problems including cancer. It will improve the immunity and it will help eliminate infections and other health problems.
- Sedentary lifestyle
Being physically active every day improves the blood flow and reduces the risk of cancer because it neutralizes the harmful pathogens in the system. If you are not physically active the risk of cancer increases by 30-40%. Exercising boosts the immunity and prevents various medical problems.
- Processed meats
Other cancer causing foods are the processed meats like burgers, pepperoni, bacon, salami and ham. These meats cam damage the health.
- Red meat
The latest studies show that the red meat can cause this type of cancer. In this case the meat is not the problem but the way it`s produced. Lately the cows are fed in different way than before. Before the cows ware only grass fed and today with compounds like glyphosate. This compound causes many health problems because it destroys the good bacteria in the gut. So nowadays the red meat is often genetically modified.