Like Whole Grains? So Does Your Colon
Just three daily servings of whole-grain foods (for example, brown rice or whole-wheat bread) – 90 grams – can cut your colorectal cancer risk by 17 percent, according to research from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund.
Fish and foods high in vitamin C also lower the risk for colorectal cancer, while consuming more than 500 grams of cooked meat or two alcoholic drinks per day raises your risk. Based on several studies, the AICR suggests that 47 percent of colorectal cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes.
As part of a program to gathers information on cancer prevention, researchers reviewed diet, weight, and lifestyle data on 29 million people to identify effective ways to prevent colorectal cancer, the fourth most common cancer worldwide. Their findings were published in a report called "Diet, nutrition, physical activity, and colorectal cancer." Data from the program is used to develop cancer prevention guidelines and policies.