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.