Colon cancer has been on the increase in recent times.
Being a lifestyle disease, it has the potential of attacking anyone at any time. Its treatment usually involves one undergoing expensive surgeries and chemotherapies which are meant to keep it at bay. Although it might not be known to many, diet plays a big role in preventing and managing colorectal cancer. The kind of foods that one consumes plays a big role in managing the cancer’s symptoms and whether the cancer will recur after surgery and chemotherapy.
Below are foods to avoid if you have colon cancer.
Trans fats are popularly known as unhealthy fats. Trans fats are the kind of fats that are commonly found in fried foods, donuts, margarine, cookies and cakes. Research has proved that the consumption of trans fats and saturated fats such as those found in red meat and butter play a big role in causing cancer. Avoiding these unhealthy fats, which can be identified as being the ones that are solid at room temperature, will play a big role in making sure that the cancer is kept from recurring. Try to embrace the healthier fats which are those that are found in nuts, fatty fish and avocados.
Studies have shown there is a link between sugar and colon cancer. Further studies have however shown that individuals who take a lot of foods that increase their blood sugar levels, were more prone to get colon cancer as opposed to individuals who a lesser amount of such foods. Avoiding such sugary foods as confectionery will play a big role in making sure that cancer is kept from recurring especially if it has already been treated. Avoiding such foods will also reduce the cancer symptoms such as diarrhea.
Any individual who has cancer should make a point of avoiding red meat since any red meat and processed meat have the potential of causing the cancer to recur especially if you are undergoing cancer treatment and the cancer is in remission. Red meats such as pork, veal, beef and lamb contain carcinogens. Carcinogens are widely known as cancer causing agents, therefore avoiding red meat will help keep cancer from recurring. Carcinogens are commonly found in processed meat and are produced in red meat while it is being cooked. It would therefore be in the best interests of a colon cancer patient to stick to alternative sources of protein such as legumes, fish and poultry lest the cancer recurs.