March is the global Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer, is also known as bowel cancer and colon cancer. Most colorectal cancers are due to lifestyle factors, old age and only a small percentage is due to hereditary genetic disorders.
It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle at any age, to prevent colorectal cancer. It is important to know your family health history, as 20% of the people who develop colorectal cancer have a close relative who has the disease. However, a high percentage of people who suffer from colorectal cancer have no genetic risk.
Colorectal cancer is more common in older age males, but females are also at risk. Living a balanced, healthy lifestyle will go a long way in reducing a person’s risk of contracting the disease. Regular physical exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) and a healthy diet is the best “medicine” to prevent most diseases. A high intake of fat, alcohol, red meat, processed meats and smoking, and an insufficient intake of water are known to add to the risk of getting colorectal cancer.
Eat healthy, exercise regularly and prevent cancer!