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Preventing Recurrence

Preventing Recurrence

December 30, 2021
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For patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, there are certain lifestyle modifications which may be used to decrease the chance of the cancer coming back. The lifestyle changes recommended to colon cancer patients are similar to those recommended to people wanting to prevent this illness. Namely, to maintain a healthy weight and to be physically active. Although it is not clear if specific diets can lower the risk of colorectal cancer from coming back, there are benefits from eating healthy. For example, eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans. Limit your consumption of fast food and other processed foods high in fat, starches and sugars. Limit your consumption of red or processed meat. Limit your consumption of sugar, sweetened drinks, and limit your consumption of alcohol. Dietary supplements have not been proven to decrease the recurrence of risk of colorectal cancer. More studies have needed to be done. And some studies have shown that aspirin may decrease the risk of colorectal cancer from coming back. As aspirin may have serious side effects, such as stomach ulcers and bleeding, consult with your doctor before starting aspirin. Research studies have shown that colorectal cancer survivors who smoke are more likely to die from their cancer and from other conditions. Quitting smoking may decrease the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence along with other health benefits. Following these recommendations is likely to lower the risk of cancer coming back, and it’s also likely to reduce the risk of other diseases such as heart disease and type two diabetes.