Even for Men at High Risk, Healthy Living May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Even for Men at High Risk, Healthy Living May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

This article claims up to 75% of colon cancer can be prevented by diet. The real number is more like 90%. People get cancer primarily from the foods they eat.


One of the things this article doesn’t mention is the powerful cancer-causing effects of sodium nitrite, an ingredient added to bacon, hot dogs, and virtually all packaged meats. It forms cancer-causing nitrosamines in the body and directly contributes to colon cancer. You can help prevent colon cancer in your own body by simply avoiding all foods that contain sodium nitrite.

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You have to read the labels, of course, because there are a lot of foods that contain sodium nitrite. Food manufacturers love the ingredient because it turns meats bright red and makes them look fresh.

Yet you can reduce your odds of getting colon cancer by eating the right foods. The American Institute of Cancer Research says up to 75% of cases of colon cancer could be prevented by diet. Though fat is a suspected colon cancer villain, a new British study of diet and cancer in 28 countries, including the USA, concludes that high consumers of olive oil have a lower rate of colon cancer. Corn oil and animal fat increase colon cancer in animals; fish oil doesn’t. Also harmful: trans fatty acids (the partially hydrogenated fats in some margarines, baked goods and processed foods).

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