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5 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk For Colorectal Cancer

While some risk factors for colorectal cancer such as age and family history are beyond your control, many other risk factors for the disease can be managed with lifestyle changes, according to RCCA’s Julianne W. Childs, DO, and Avishek Kumar, MD. They note that people can reduce their colorectal cancer risk by:

  1. Limiting intake of red and processed meats. Numerous studies have shown a link between red meat, processed meat and colorectal cancer.
  2. Avoiding or limiting grilled meats. Charcoal contains carcinogens that can infiltrate the meat during grilling, Dr. Childs notes.
  3. Following a high-fiber diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
  4. Not smoking. Cigarettes increase the risk of colorectal – and many other – cancers.
  5. Avoiding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, which Dr. Kumar notes has been associated with increased colorectal cancer risk.

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Comparing Colorectal Cancer Screening Methods

There are a number of ways to screen people for cancers of the colon or rectum, but RCCA medical oncologists Julianne W. Childs, DO, and Avishek Kumar, MD, note that colonoscopy remains the “gold standard” for screening and that some other methods may not be suitable for people depending on their risk factors. The options include:

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