Diet can play a role in colorectal cancer prevention and treatment.
What does a good diet for preventing colorectal cancer and for aiding cancer treatment look like?
Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that affects a person’s rectum, colon, or both. This is also known as the large intestine.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 2018 could bring around 97,220 new diagnoses of colon cancer and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer to the United States.
This type of cancer is more likely to appear in older individuals, but there are many other risk factors associated with its emergence, such as genetic and lifestyle factors.
Of the latter, one of the most cited risk factors is diet — referring specifically to poor dietary habits that often also lead to obesity.
Below, we look at which foods and nutrients have been said to raise the risk of colorectal cancer, and which types of diet have been deemed helpful in its prevention.
We also cover the diets most likely to keep the body resilient during and after treatment for this type of cancer.
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