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Colon cancer prevention 101

Written by Community Health Network on 3/24/2014 1:00:00 PM

Roughly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. But preventing the cancer is easy.

Community Physician Network gastroenterologist, Dr. Ninad Shah, shares easy ways you can help decrease your colon cancer risk.

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Colon cancer rates drop due to screenings

Written by Community Health Network on 3/17/2014 12:20:00 PM

According to a report published in Cancer, colon cancer rates have fallen by 30 percent over the past decade in people over age 50.

The reason for the drop in cancer rate? Preventive screenings

Screening rates have climbed in recent years. The number of Americans ages 50 to 64 who have had a colonoscopy has nearly tripled, growing from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010. continue reading ...


Seven easy ways to prevent colon cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 3/13/2014 7:00:00 AM

Cancer and nutrition experts say that more than 50 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable by combining a diet that includes fiber with daily physical activity and weight management. Try these easy diet and nutrition tips to protect yourself against colon cancer.

Eat fiber to help prevent colon cancerEat more fiber.
Just 10 grams of fiber a day can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer by 10 percent. You'll find fiber in whole grain breads, cereals, oatmeal and beans.

Eating fruits and veggies can help prevent colorectal cancerPile on the produce.
Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Try deep green/cruciferous veggies and red and orange fruits. continue reading ...

Tags: diet , fiber , red meat , risk factors , smoking | Posted in: Colon Cancer

Eating fiber-rich foods reduces risk for colon cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 3/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

The American Institute for Cancer Research states that eating a diet high in fiber can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. For every 10 grams of fiber consumed daily, the risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is reduced by up to 10 percent.

So, how much fiber should you eat each day?
The daily recommendation for men ages 19 to 50 is 38 grams of fiber per day. For those men over the age of 50, it’s at least 30 grams daily. For women ages 19 to 50, the recommendation is around 30 grams. The daily amount for women over age 50 is as low as 25 grams.

Doesn't seem like much, right? Yet, American adults average only 15.7 to 17 grams of fiber per day. continue reading ...

Tags: diet , digestive health , fiber | Posted in: Colon Cancer

Five ways to prevent colon cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 3/1/2014 11:00:00 AM

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The third most common cancer among men and women in the United States, cancer and nutrition experts say over 50 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable by combining a diet that includes fiber with daily physical activity and weight management.

In 2013, the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund co-published five steps based on scientific studies that demonstrate risk reduction. Consider these nutrition-centered strategies for getting extra protection from colon cancer. continue reading ...


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