What are the precautionary measures taken to prevent colorectal cancer?
There’s no sure shot way to prevent colorectal cancer however, there are measures one can take to lower their risk. These include:
Screening: Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful tools for preventing colorectal cancer, especially if you’re 45 or older and if you have family history of colorectal cancer.
Generally, for polyps to develop into colorectal cancer, it takes about 10 to 15 years and with regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.
Weight: Obesity or overweight increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
Diet: Diets that are high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and low in red and processed meats reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.
Smoking: Smoking is linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as well as many other cancers and health problems.
Hormone replacement therapy for women: Though not proven yet, some studies have revealed that taking estrogen and progesterone after menopause may reduce a woman’s risk of developing colorectal cancer.