Statistically, 50,000 people in the US die from colorectal cancer every year. A Daily News story, authored by Lenox Hill Hospital Chairman of Urology, Dr. David Samadi, says an estimated 50 percent of colon cancers can be prevented. Dr. Samadi points out, while the overall numbers of colon cancer have declined, those numbers increased for people younger than 50 years. During March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Dr. Samadi has answered questions and offered professional advice on preventing colon cancer.
Dr. David Samadi’s Tips To Diminish Colon Cancers
According to Dr. Samadi, one of the best ways to diminish risk of colon cancers is to change bad lifestyle habits, like diet and exercise.Studies have revealed that eating certain fruits and vegetables can reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer. Foods such as apples, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower, and cabbage varieties can lower the risk of colorectal cancer. Scientists also say that the risk of colorectal cancer dramatically decreases as the blood concentration of the sunshine vitamin — vitamin D — increases. Collected data from research showed that the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer decreases by 15 percent with every 10 ml increase in vitamin D levels.Until the age of 40 years – according to scientists – direct sunlight is the best source of vitamin D.
It is definitely worth it to go outdoors regularly to soak up the sun and get lots of vitamin D. However, the body’s ability to produce vitamin D with the help of sunlight diminishes with age, researchers have said. Therefore, it may be appropriate to supplement it by consuming calcium.Dr. Samadi also says that dietary fiber helps to digest the bacteria in the colon. The fibers in the large intestine absorb water, and swell up. This stimulates intestinal activity and speeds up the passage of toxins in the colon. At the same time, the risk of colon cancer decreases because toxins can cause less and less damage to the mucosa.There’s also exercise, such as walking, that not only reduces the risk of many chronic diseases and stress, but studies have shown that regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of certain cancers. Physically active men and women are therefore 30 to 40 percent lower in the risk of colon cancer than people who are reluctant to move.
Dr. Samadi includes other dietary choices like restricting alcohol, reducing processed foods and red meat, and eating fresh garlic are all factors that contribute to diminishing the risk of colorectal cancer. Even if you cannot make sudden changes all at once, it helps to start with the inclusion of a few health-promoting items.Dr. David Samadi is the Chairman of Urology at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. He grew up in Rossyln, New York, attended Stony Brook University, earning his B.A. and M.D. before completing his internship and residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Dr. Samadi gained international recognition for his SMART technique surgery, using a robotic arm to perform delicate prostate surgery. He is a Fox News medical correspondent, and has a weekend television broadcast, Sunday Housecall.