4 tips to reduce the risk of colon cancer

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Colon cancer is also known as the cancer of the large intestine (colon). According to the estimates of Indian Council of Medical Research, the prevalence of colon cancer cases among men is 4.4 per 1,00,000 persons. Although this cancer type is more likely to affect elderly people, over the years, several cases of colon cancer are also being reported in young adults. The symptoms of colon cancer include diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramps and sudden weight loss. If you suffer from these symptoms, immediately consult your doctor. You can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, if you change your lifestyle and eating habits. Here, we list out a few tips you can try to keep the occurrence of colon cancer at bay.

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Leave smoking: Smoking makes you more susceptible to develop colon cancer and its affect is more severe in women as compared to men. Studies have mentioned that even after a quitting smoking for a decade, women still reported cases of colon cancer.

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Brown rice: Scientists have noted that consuming wholegrains and cereals can reduce the risk of colon cancer. You should include brown rice and oats in your diet as they help to keep your guts healthy.

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Sun exposure: Regularise sun exposure to reduce the risk of colon cancer. However, avoid excessive exposure as it may lead to sunburn and even turn into skin cancer.

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Manage your weight: According to a several studies, if you are overweight, you increase your risk of developing a colon polyp. However, the polyps are not dangerous, but they can eventually turn into cancer.