A valuable old saying reminds us that “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. True enough, we only learn its value when we are already sick, agonizing in pain and full of resentment reaping the consequences of the abuse we made to our body and physical health. One of the most common types of cancer is colon cancer which includes rectal cancer. Like any other diseases, there are various ways that we can practice to prevent the development of cancer and for this article, we will focus on the prevention of a specific type which is Rectal Cancer.
Observe a healthy diet
It would be best to start with the basics such as having a healthy diet to evade rectal cancer. Avoid fatty foods and junk foods. Increase fluid intake and fiber. Eat lots of whole grains and vegetables. Regular exercise is a must. Avoid smoking at all costs as this not only will cause you lung cancer; smoke also passes through the esophagus and it can also affect your digestive tract. Avoid eating red meat such as beef and pork especially processed foods like hot dogs, bacon, and sausages.
Skip night caps
Alcohol is a very strange beverage when its health pros and cons are being considered. Although consuming alcohol (like red wine) in moderation has health benefits, having too much will predispose you to develop colon or rectal cancer. It would be best to drink lots of water and fruit juices that are low in fructose with fiber. In addition, you might want to consider supplementation as study shows that Calcium, Vitamin D, and Folate improves gut health.
Regular physician visit and health screening
Colonoscopy is recommended for older people as they have an increased risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. If you are at least 60 years old, it is suggested that you undergo colonoscopy to assess for the presence of polyps in your colon. Go to your physician for an executive check up every six months.
Watch out for initial signs
Be aware of the early warning signs and symptoms of colon or rectal cancer, although that would depend on which part of the digestive system is affected. But generally, it will include changes in both eating and bowel habits, stomach pain, and the presence of blood in the stool. These could be signs and symptoms of other conditions as well, so consulting with a specialist near you is important in order to determine the specific health condition that you may have. With this said, there is a management and treatment program for you. Click here for more information: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/therapy/how-do-i-find-a-therapist-near-me/
There are many factors that cannot be modified such as genetics or having a family history of colon cancer, but taking precautionary measures are of equal importance. Having pre-existing diseases of the digestive tract such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s, and gastric ulcer can also increase the risk of colon cancer. Thus, it is essential that preventive measures must be observed.