Reducing risk for colon cancer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After lung cancer, colon cancer is the second leading cause of death for both men and women.

Doctors at Baystate Medical Center told 22News colon cancer can affect people of all ages, and it is equally common in men and women, but there is good news, colorectal cancer is one of the most easily prevented cancers.

Colon cancer can be hereditary, but with regular screening and a healthy diet, you can reduce your risk.

“People who eat a high fiber diet, low in red meat, have a lower chance of developing colon cancers than people who have a high fat diet or eat a lot of red meat,” said Baystate colorectal surgeon Ziad Kutayli.

A Cancer Journal for Clinicians reported earlier this month colon cancer rates have declined by 30 percent in the past decade in people over age 50.

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