Specific foods are not believed to directly be a cause of colorectal cancer. However, some foods do lead to inflammation in the body, which has been associated with a higher risk of developing colon cancer. So, while avoiding these inflammatory foods will not necessarily prevent you from getting cancer, it will lower your risk.
Some foods to avoid to lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer include:
- Red meat
- Processed meats
- White bread
- Sugary beverages
How to lower the risk of colon cancer
There are a number of measures you can take to help lower your risk of colon cancer:
- Partake in regular colon cancer screenings to detect any abnormalities before they progress or spread.
- Maintain a healthy weight, as obesity has been linked to an increased risk of developing colon cancer.
- Eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients, particularly fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid red meat and processed meats whenever possible.
- Stay physically active on a regular basis to decrease your risk of developing colon cancer.
- Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption.
How to prevent colon cancer naturally
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent yourself from developing colon cancer. Some individuals may develop this cancer despite not having any known colorectal cancer causes or risk factors. However, by following the steps outlined above, you can maintain your colorectal health as best you can. And, by getting regular screenings, you can help ensure that if cancer does develop, it is caught and treated as early as possible, giving you the best chance at achieving a favorable outcome and improved quality of life.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program comprises experienced physicians who exclusively treat colorectal cancer and other malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract. If you would like to speak to a Moffitt physician about colorectal cancer, its causes or what you can do to protect your colorectal health, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.