As we get older, the risk of colon cancer increases. This can be a scary thought, but the good news is that there are also ways you can decrease your chances of getting cancer of the colon. Dr. Berookim, a board-certified gastroenterologist and colonoscopy Los Angeles screening provider, brings you these 5 tips to help prevent colon cancer.
Eating healthy, nutritious foods not only helps prevent colon cancer, but a variety of other diseases and illnesses as well. Talk to your doctor about your eating habits and ensure you are getting a balanced diet every day.
Avoid Processed Meats
You may think the protein is good for you, but steak, sausage and other processed meats are packed saturated fat, which have been linked to a high rate of colon cancer by an esteemed medical journal.
Cut Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is okay in small amounts, but too much can put you at risk for contracting colon cancer. By nature, alcohol is an irritant that can damage the cells and tissues of your body’s digestive track.
Overcooking your meats and veggies – especially on the barbeque – creates carcinogenic substances within your food. You would hate to take all the time planning out a balanced diet just to throw it all away by overcooking.
Get Regular Colonoscopies
Although colonoscopies can’t prevent cancer, they do greatly decrease the risk of dying from cancer. Colon cancer is a very treatable disease when caught early; colonoscopies performed by a GI specialist can reduce your risk of a colon cancer death by up to 65%.
Dr. Berookim has dedicated his career to preventing colon cancer by providing colonoscopy Los Angeles screenings. The doctor and his practice are known as one of the best gastroenterology practices in the country. To learn more about colonoscopy screenings, visit their website or call (310) 271-1122. The practice is located at 150 N Robertson Blvd., Suite 204, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.