5 ways to reduce the risk of getting colon cancer

Colon cancer is one of the main causes of death for Thai people and the cancer is one of the top 3 types of cancer found in Thai people. The cancer is often found in the large intestine more than the small intestine. The main cause of colon cancer is not yet found, but it is believed that there are many factors that could cause the cancer e.g. eating habits, gene mutation, genetics, aging, Enterocolitis, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and etc.

You can reduce the risk of getting colon cancer by doing the following:

1. Change your eating habits: Eat all 5 food groups regularly, especially fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating meat and food with fats. Avoid food that’s salty, sweet, and oily as well as burnt meat (products from grilling, frying and fermented). Avoid smoking as well as alcohol consumption. Parents should start teaching their children the good eating habits from the young age.

2. Exercise Regularly and getting enough sleep will make you healthier. Exercising will help reduce the risk of you getting the colon cancer, as well as many other diseases.

3. Having a good mental health with no stress. Good mental health is as important as having a good physical health. Therefore, mental health is very important and should never be overlooked.

4. Control the excretory system; consume high-fiber foods in order to help the excretory system.

5. Do regular health check-up (especially when you think something is wrong) for example having regular flatulence, when blood is found together with your feces, weight loss chronically, having sudden amenia and those whose relative had history of colon cancer should have their colon checkup once a year.

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