A healthy lifestyle can keep your colon healthy
A healthy lifestyle and getting screened regularly can help prevent colon cancer. Here’s what you can do to stay colon healthy:
- Eat well.
- Be active.
- Don’t smoke.
- Cut down on alcohol.
- Talk to your doctor.
- Get checked.
A healthy body weight keeps your colon healthy. Maintain your weight by eating the right balance of foods with healthy portion sizes and by staying active. Make smart food choices by limiting how much red and processed meats, saturated fats and salt you eat, while eating more vegetables and fruit.
For more information and tips on eating well, see Canada’s Food Guide.
- Seared European seabass barded with thyme and lentils by Jean Soulard
- Tarragon vegetable carpaccio by Jean Soulard
Rolled up tilapia and zucchini stuffed with dried tomatoes by Jean Soulard
- Honey-Roasted squash with crumbled feta and walnuts by Linda Haynes
- Italian chickpea, tuna and parsley salad by Linda Haynes
- Apricot and toasted almond wheat berry salad by Linda Haynes
Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity can keep your colon healthy. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Go for a walk in your neighbourhood or at the mall. Do some yard work. The more active you are, the lower your risk of cancer is.
For more information and tips on staying active, see Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults.
There’s no doubt about it. Smoking is the biggest cause of cancer. Don’t be a smoker and avoid second-hand smoke. If you smoke, quit.
Cut down on alcohol
If you choose to drink, limit yourself to a moderate amount. At most, you can enjoy one small drink a day for women and fewer than two small drinks a day for men. The less alcohol you consume, the more lower your risk of cancer is. There is still a limited risk if you drink in small amounts.
Talk to your doctor
Your doctor is your partner to good health and is a great source of information. Your doctor can help you:
- understand what a healthy body weight means for you
- quit smoking
- decide on the best screening test for you
Getting screened for colon cancer is the most important thing you can do to prevent colon cancer. Make colon cancer screening part of your regular health routine. It could save your life.