March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Over the past decade, the rate of colorectal cancer in Americans under age 50 increased by approximately 2.2% per year.
What can you do to help prevent colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer recurrence?
Consume 3 servings (90 grams) of whole grains daily; this helps maintain a good level of healthy gut bacteria (aka probiotics) and reduces colorectal cancer by approximately 17%.
What else can you do to optimize colon health?
- Work towards a healthy body weight
- Limit red meat
- Avoid processed meat
- Consume more fruits and vegetables
- Limit alcohol
- Don’t smoke
- Be physically active
- Schedule a colonoscopy (as per recommendations)