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Certain Dietary Changes Can Help Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk

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In the past decade, cancer has become more common than ever before with more and more cases being diagnosed in younger adults rather than older age groups. Scientists have explained there are multiple factors behind the rise in cancer patients, one of the primary ones being an increase in exposure to toxic substances or carcinogens that elevate cancer risk.

At the moment, the awareness regarding cancerous tumors and their development has increased in comparison but the number of cases of different forms of cancer has risen. Many times, people are not aware of the different sources of carcinogens that ultimately become the cause of cancer.

However, health experts have explained that the risk of cancer can simply be lowered by making a few changes in the everyday life. For instance, changes in the daily intake can significantly decrease the risk of certain types of cancer which are also among the most commonly diagnosed forms of the disease.

Colorectal or what is more popularly referred to as bowel is one of the fastest rising cancers especially in younger adults under the age of thirty-five. According to existent research, diet and medications are a major factor in the development of the disease.

Currently, the standard western diets are filled with harmful foods with little to no nutritional content. In younger adults, the daily intake is particularly confined to ultra-processed foods that are rich in calories and are extremely unhealthy.

In addition, studies have also linked the intake of such foods with an elevated risk of many other health conditions along with cancer such as metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack.

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Bowel cancer is one of the most deadly cancers which still requires a lot of further scientific research. Although there are more advanced technologies and treatment plans for the disease now, it still has a limited success rate especially when it is diagnosed in late stages.

This is why prevention is always better than treatment. For lowering the risk of colorectal cancer, recent research shows that avoiding and consuming certain types of food can make a big difference.

For example, foods high in nutrients such as folates, soy, magnesium, fiber, dairy products, and vegetables and fruits are all linked to a decrease in the risk of colorectal cancer. On the other hand, foods such as red meat, alcoholic drinks, and processed foods all raise the chances of having cancer in the future.

Such scientific evidence shows that cancer risk can be reduced easily just by altering lifestyle. By doing so, not only will a person avoid colorectal cancer but also several other health conditions while boosting a person’s overall health.

However, it should be noted that if a person is known to be at high risk of cancer and has symptoms of the disease such as a change in bowel movements, abdominal pain, and unexplained weight loss, he should consult a doctor as soon as possible in order get a check-up or treatment immediately.

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