Many think of colorectal cancer
as something that only older people
get. However, the rate of colorectal cancer has been steadily increasing in younger adults under the age of 50. It is important to know the signs of colorectal cancer and the ways you can prevent it.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer often begins as polyps in the large intestine
. Polyps are growths that are not always cancerous but can
become cancerous over time.
There are several symptoms you should look out for, including:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Changes in stools
Colorectal Cancer found in young adults can be attributed to several factors including diet, unhealthy gut, and inflammation. Taking care of your health can reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Eat a Healthy Diet
that are high in fat and processed foods, and low in fruits and vegetables, can lead to colorectal cancer in young adults. Obesity can be a contributing factor as well. Eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and make sure you are getting enough exercise.
Take care of your gut
Your gut contains good and bad bacteria. This bacteria is affected by food, exercise, medication, and even air quality. It is important to have a gut with healthy bacteria. Bad bacteria can lead to inflammation and disease.
Certain foods high in probiotics can help keep your gut healthy. Some of these foods include:
- Certain cheeses
Inflammation can be caused by a number of things, including water or air pollution, pesticides, processed foods, and even autoimmune disease or injury. You can prevent inflammation by sticking to fresh and organic foods and avoiding processed foods and pesticides.
Other Risk Factors
There are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer:
- Heavy drinking
- Family history of colorectal cancer
- History of chronic disease of the bowels or intestines
Talk to your doctor about your risks to determine how often you should be screened for colorectal cancer. When detected early on, colorectal cancer can be treated successfully. But it is best if polyps can be detected and removed before they even become cancerous.
The recommended age to begin screening for colorectal cancer is 45. But those with increased risk should start screening before the age of 45.