NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center doctors recommend colorectal cancer screening and suggest making easy lifestyle adaptations to better protect you from developing this type of cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, increased physical activity and a healthy diet can reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. A few simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Such as-
Colorectal cancer risk may rise with smoking, which is why our NYU Langone doctors urge people who smoke to quit. Our Tobacco Cessation Program can help you make the switch and achieve your goal of becoming a non-smoker!
Limit Alcohol Intake
Because of its potential hazard to one’s health, physicians suggest imbibing alcohol in moderation only; excessive consumption might boost the chances of colorectal cancer developing.
Improve Your Diet
Eating the right foods can help lower colorectal cancer risk. Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. Choose healthy fats such as olive oil over saturated or trans-fats. Avoid processed meats high in nitrates and preservatives, like bacon and hot dogs.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity is linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Changing your diet, such as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly, can have a powerful effect on your overall health and well-being. NYU Langone’s weight management experts can help you meet your weight-loss goals. At NYU Langone, our Weight Management Program offers medical and surgical solutions that allow you to reach your desired weight outcomes.
Exercise can help to manage weight, reduce stress, and improve your mood. Staying physically active has been linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. For the best results, consult your doctor about an exercise regimen tailored just for you. It’s important to find a physical activity you enjoy so that it will become part of your regular routine. Whether you prefer walking or running outdoors, or if swimming is more your speed—whatever makes you feel energized and excited should be the activity of choice.
Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be detected and prevented with early screening tests, such as colonoscopy. Screening through this method allows doctors to find polyps before they become cancerous—and long before any symptoms start appearing! This could make all the difference in stopping colorectal cancer from progressing further.
The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Screening recommends that most individuals at average risk start their screening process at the age of 45. However, those with certain risk factors – such as a family history of colon polyps or cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease – may need to begin screening earlier.