Colon cancer doesn't get the attention that breast cancer and prostate cancer get, but it can be just as deadly. To make matters even worse, it is often asymptomatic. An acquaintance of this blogger was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer which has spread to his liver. Aside from feeling more tired than usual--which he attributed to being 53 and a little bit overweight--he had no symptoms whatsoever. If he had not gone to a doctor for a completely unrelated reason, the cancer would never have been discovered.
Aside from having regular colonoscopies, there are nutritional steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing this disease. The Adventist Health Study found that consumption of the following foods significantly reduced the risk of colon cancer.
- Brown rice: Eating brown rice at least one time per week reduced the risk of colon cancer by 40%
- Cooked green vegetables also had a protective effect. To preserve the nutrients, steam lightly.
- Legumes: eating beans and peas at least 3 times per week reduced the risk by 33%.
- If you like Japanese food, eat miso soup regularly. Animal studies show that it reduces colon cancer in rats. Use organic miso from a health food store, not a Japanese food store or Asian food market, as many Japanese products are highly chemicalized. The miso should have been naturally aged for at least 180 days.