Diet and Colorectal Cancer - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Article Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Feb 08, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which specialist doctor treats colon cancer?

If the screening indicates colorectal cancer, you need to see a gastroenterologist and medical oncologist or colorectal surgeon for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

2. What types of foods are known to increase colon cancer risk?

Foods that increase the risk of colon cancer include red meat, sausages, refined grains, processed foods and sugar-laden foods.

3. Which dietary supplements can help reduce colon cancer risk?

Dietary fiber supplements can be useful for people whose intake of fiber-containing foods is low. Vitamin and mineral supplements helpful in lowering the risk of colon cancer are calcium, magnesium, selenium, vitamin D.

Some studies have indicated that folic acid may protect against colorectal cancer risk, whereas some suggest that folic acid enhances the growth of cancer tumors.

4. What foods should we avoid after colon cancer treatment?

Greasy foods or foods rich in trans fat and saturated fat, foods loaded with sugar, aerated beverages and soda, red meat, caffeine, processed foods or ready-to-eat foods.

5. How to reduce the risk of colon cancer?

The best way to prevent colon cancer is to follow a healthy, wholesome and nutritious diet. Add dietary fiber, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, low-fat dairy products to your diet. Stay active and maintain your ideal body weight.

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