Lifestyle habits linked to Colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in men and the third most common cancer in women worldwide. “Due to lifestyle changes, food choices and physical inactivity, more people will get sick of colorectal cancer,” according to visiting surgeon Dr. Ng Chee Yung of Mount Elizabeth Hospitals of Singapore.

Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Ng Chee Yung is a graduate of medicine from the University of Western Australia and has trained extensively in microsurgery. He was the first Singaporean surgeon to perform live robotic colorectal surgery at an international surgical conference, the ISLCRS (International Society of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeons) 2015 Congress.

Dr. Ng shared with this writer that colorectal cancer risk is influenced by unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, high alcohol consumption, diets low in fiber and rich in processed meats, low physical activity.

“By changing or modifying your lifestyle, you can greatly lower your chances of getting colorectal cancer, “ said Dr. Ng. He is some helpful tips to prevent colorectal cancer:

1. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Diets that are fiber-rich and plant-based reduce the risk of colon or rectal cancer. This is because the fiber and nutrients in these superfoods help to clean your bowels of toxins from other foods.

2. Eat less red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) and processed meats (hot dogs and some luncheon meats), which have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

3. Get regular exercise. If you are not physically active, you have a greater chance of developing colon or rectal cancer. Increasing your activity will help you burn calories and fat from your body and reduce your risk.

4. Watch your weight. Eating healthier and increasing your physical activity can help you control your weight. Determine your ideal weight through your height, age. Find out how to compute your ideal weight through this link : https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/obesity/how-much-should-i-weigh.php.

5. Don’t smoke. Long-term smokers are more likely to develop and die from colon or rectal cancer. Smoking helps relieve stress from a lot of people. It also provides relief from the heaviness felt after a big meal. If you want to quit smoking, or know someone else who does, try a new activity that you both enjoy that you can start together. Getting help increases your chances of quitting successfully.

6. Limit alcohol. Alcohol use has been linked with a higher risk of colorectal cancer. Most alcoholic drinks contain ethanol which is identified as one of the causes of cancers in the digestive tract.

7. If you are a person with a high risk for cancer, get screening or a colonoscopy. Screenings are tests that look for cancer before signs and symptoms develop. These tests also can find colon or rectal cancer earlier, when treatments are more likely to be successful. These tests are quick and painless.

“Changing these lifestyle habits can lower the risk of not just a colorectal cancer but also the other types of cancer, as well as other serious diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The links between diet, weight, and exercise and colorectal cancer are some of the strongest for any type of cancer,” Dr.Ng Chee Yung concluded.

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