Healthy Living & Colorectal Cancer

You can reduce your risk of colon cancer!

Numerous research studies are consistently showing that the choices we make each day can have an important impact on colon cancer risk. Whether we decide to eat a cookie instead of a carrot, ice cream instead of yogurt, or whether we choose to take the elevator rather than the stairs, or spend more time in front of the computer instead of taking the time to exercise or walk the dog. These choices add up over time and actually shift ones risk for colorectal cancer either towards the higher or lower end of the spectrum.

By simply managing the risk factors within your control, you can lower your risk of colorectal cancer. For example a person's risk can be significantly lowered by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables while at the same time reducing the intake of red meat, and high-fat and fried foods. With the addition of regular exercise, ones risk is even further decreased. The goal of our Integrative Health section is to highlight activities and choices of a healthy lifestyle that when practiced a little bit each day, can truly lower ones risk of developing colorectal cancer.

The general consensus from scientific literature is that 30-40 percent of all cancers could be prevented by getting regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.

As you read the information in the follwing sections try to make mental notes of the small changes you can make each day to lower your risk of colorectal cancer.

Visit the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center ;for more information on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes into your recovery plan. 

Nutrition 

Explore scientifically based healthy dietary choices to lower your risk.

Exercise

Explore the tremendous benefits of regular exercise and its impact on colorectal cancer prevention and treatment.

Mind & Body

Explore various mind-body interventions to support your body during, before and after treatment for colorectal cancer.