colon cancer – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/best-food-choices-prevent-colon-cancer Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:26:39 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29351

Colon Cancer (or colorectal cancer) is the cancer of the large intestine, rectum and the colon. This is the last part of the digestive track of our bodies. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer; however, the good news is that it is easily preventable. Our diet plays a huge role […]

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Colon Cancer (or colorectal cancer) is the cancer of the large intestine, rectum and the colon. This is the last part of the digestive track of our bodies. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer; however, the good news is that it is easily preventable.

Our diet plays a huge role in the prevention process! It is one of the major factors that can both cause or help prevent colon cancer.

Studies have linked high consumption of red and processed meats and low consumption of fibers to being one of the major causes of colon cancer symptoms.

In order to prevent colon cancer, you must know what food items to add and omit from your diet. Here is a short guide to help you out!

1. Limit Red Meat and Processed Meat

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

First and foremost, you must reduce the amount of red and processed meat you consume. Many studies have shown them to harm the intestine and increase the chances of colon cancer by up to 40%. Especially the fatty cuts. They trigger release of more bile acids into the digestive tracks, which in turn causes damage and promotes tumor growth. If you can’t completely avoid them, limit them to 2 or 3 servings per week (typically 2 ounce per servings).

2. Increase Fiber Intake

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

Fiber contains a short-chain fatty acid that stops the growth of cancer cells. Other than that, fiber is also known to improve the overall health and digestion. Nutritionists suggest eating about 15 grams of fiber each day. While there have been conflicting studies where fiber didn’t have any known benefits on the risk of colon cancer, however it is still beneficial to maintain fiber in your diets. You can get your daily fiber dose from brown rice, nuts, legumes, beans or even wholegrain cereals.

3. Take More Vitamin and Minerals

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

Both calcium and vitamin D can lower the chances of colon cancer by reducing the precancerous polyps. Other than that they also strengthen the bones. You can obtain calcium from sources like milk, cheese and salmon. While you can obtain Vitamin D from sources like sardines, egg yolks and above all, the sun!

Another mineral that reduces the chances of cancer is magnesium. Especially in people who are above 55 and overweight! Hence magnesium from beans, peanuts and spinach should also be added to your diet.

4. What Other Foods to Add To Your Diet

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

Ginger

It has been known to reduce colon inflammation, which is linked to tumor development. You can either consume ginger powder or eat fresh ginger daily.

Green Tea

Tea, especially white and green ones can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half. It helps in blocking polyp growth in the colon.

Black Raspberries

Potent antioxidants that are present in black raspberries have also been known to reduce the risk of cancer in the body.

Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts are known to reduce the risk of cancer as well. People who consume more vegetables are less likely to develop cancer!

Along with a stable and balanced diet, you need to stay physically active and quit smoking in order to minimize your chances of getting cancer!

Hopefully these tips will give you an insight in terms of what to eat and what not to eat to reduce the chances of contracting colon cancer.

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Researchers successfully block colon cancer tumor growth https://htv.com.pk/news/researchers-successfully-block-colon-cancer-tumor-growth Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:34:05 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=20727 colon cancer block by researchers

Researchers in the US have discovered that reducing the amount of the L-glutamine amino acid in the body can block the growth of colorectal cancer tumors in mice. The first clinical trials on humans are due to begin this summer.

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colon cancer block by researchers

Researchers in the US have discovered that reducing the amount of the L-glutamine amino acid in the body can block the growth of colon cancer tumors in mice. The first clinical trials on humans are due to begin this summer.

L-glutamine is a non-essential amino acid found in eggs, meat, fish, dairy products, cereals and pulses. It is also found in raw spinach and parsley, as well as Asian miso. It’s sometimes recommended as a dietary supplement, notably for reducing intestinal permeability.

Recent research has established that cancerous tumors rely on L-glutamine to survive and grow.

In this latest study, scientists found that a subset of colorectal cancer cells containing a genetic mutation called PIK3CA–a commonly occurring mutation in cancer cells–were particularly high consumers of L-glutamine when growing.

When Professor Zhenghe John Wang and his team reduced the amount of L-glutamine available to these “mutant” cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes, the cells died.

This discovery, outlined in the journal Nature Communications, inspired the scientists to investigate the effects of depriving the cells of L-glutamine in mice with colorectal cancer tumors.

They found that when mice were given a compound to block the metabolism of L- glutamine, the tumors stopped growing. However, this effect was not seen in tumors that did not contain the PIK3CA mutation.

The findings, which are currently the subject of a patent application, could lead to the development of a new drug to suppress tumor growth.

The first clinical trials of an L-glutamine inhibitor in human patients with advanced stage colorectal cancer will begin this summer.

Source: AFP

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Coffee Decreases Risk of Colon Cancer https://htv.com.pk/news/coffee-decreases-risk-colon-cancer Wed, 11 May 2016 12:39:46 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=18984

A new US study has found more evidence for the health-giving properties of coffee,

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A new US study has found more evidence for the health-giving properties of coffee, finding that more than 2.5 cups of coffee a day can significantly decrease your risk of colorectal cancer.

To carry out their study, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) looked at a group of 5,145 participants with colorectal cancer, and a further 4,097 participants without colorectal cancer as a control group.

Those that had colorectal cancer had all been diagnosed within the last 6 months.

Data on coffee consumption was collected by interview and food frequency questionnaires, which participants completed to report on how much coffee they drank, whether it was boiled (espresso), instant, decaffeinated or filtered.

After they took into consideration other cancer risk factors, the team found that even just one to two cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 26 percent. And when coffee consumption was increased to more than 2.5 cups of coffee a day, the risk decreased by up to 50 percent.

And although the levels of coffee’s beneficial compounds vary depending on the bean, roast and how it is brewed, the results showed that it also didn’t matter how the coffee was taken, with espresso, filter, and even instant coffee all having a beneficial effect.

And although caffeine can act as an antioxidant in the body, preventing the growth of potential colon cancer cells, the results were also seen whether coffee was taken decaf or fully caffeinated.

“We were somewhat surprised to see that caffeine did not seem to matter,” commented senior author of the study Stephen Gruber, “This indicates that caffeine alone is not responsible for coffee’s protective properties.”

And although Gruber commented that “We need additional research before advocating for coffee consumption as a preventive measure,” he also added, “That being said, there are few health risks to coffee consumption, I would encourage coffee lovers to revel in the strong possibility that their daily mug may lower their risk of colorectal cancer.”

Source: AFP/Relaxnews

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