Sunday, April 27, 2008

Can Foods Lower the Risk of Colon Cancer? by Doc B.

Our weekend guest volunteered to answer some tough questions.

L.P. : Can diet reduce your odds of colon cancer?

Doc B. : First, there is no substitute for seeing your physician regularly. Most doctor recommend a regular colonoscopy to take a look at whats going on inside. It is the best way to detect and remove polyps before they become cancer. So, follow your doctor's recommendation.

Now to answer the question, there is growing evidence that life style factors such as diet and exercise may reduce your risk of cancer. 1. Stop smoking. That may not only reduce your risk of various cancers, it should also reduce your risk of heart disease and pulmonary problems. 2. Reduce your consumption of red meat. Too much red meat may increase your risk of colon cancer. 3. Increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables. 4. Exercise regularly. 5. Eat raisins! Recent studies have shown that certain foods have some cancer-fighting properties. One of these studies suggests that raisins may be effective in blocking colon cancer.

L.P. : Why would raisins help block colon cancer?

Dr. B. : Raisins contain a compound that may help the colon get rid of waste more efficiently. The chemical is believed to be tartaric acid. Tartaric acid is believed to be essential for colon health. I recommend eating two handfuls a day along with a lot of fiber from green leafy vegetables. While more studies need to be done, this seems like a very good game plan.

L.P. : Any other advice?

Dr. B.: Yes, see your physician regularly. And if you have a history of colon cancer in your family, make sure your doctor is aware of that history so that you get a regular colonoscopy.

Disclaimer: This article should not be used as a substitute for medical advise or treatment. As always, if you need medical treatment or advice, immediately consult your physician.


Anonymous said...

A weekend of medicine! What a nice gift.


blond bombshell said...

I had my two scoops today!


Anonymous said...

I am all cleaned out with prunes and raisins.

Ms Calabaza said...

thanks for the medical advice! I love raisins too.

colleency said...

How about raisins sprinkled on top of your leafy green salad (along with sunflower - or pumpkin! - seeds) -

My mom died way too young from colorectal cancer, so I appreciate this reminder reaching all your readers.

I've heard that in a couple of years colonoscopies will be totally noninvasive, all you'll have to do is swallow a minicamera inside a pill. (seriously!)

Meanwhile - better a little discomfort now than a whole lot later. (not to mention living to enjoy your grandchildren.)

Anonymous said...

Great advice. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dr. B.

Anonymous said...

From Dr. B's first article on methotrexate, it says smoking increases your risk of ectopic pregnancy. So that is another reason to stop.