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Colon Cancer: Lifestyle in Prevention and Treatment

  • By: Clarence H. Brown III & Omar R. Kayaleh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

The absolute number of new cancers and cancer deaths continues to increase in the United States despite the fact that cancer death rates in the United States are declining, and there is clear evidence that certain human behaviors or lifestyle factors play a role in these increases. As is the case with several other common cancers, diet and exercise are strongly linked to the risk of developing colon cancer and possibly to the risk of relapse. In the United States, in 2006, nearly 140,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 53,196 died from it, making it the second leading killer among cancers that affect both men and women.

Diet

Dietary habits are known to contribute to or influence the risk of colon cancer, and thus, it ...

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