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Lifestyle Adjustments to Reduce Your Risk of GI Cancer

Getting diagnosed with cancer is usually something that happens as a result of genetics, things that run in your family, and how you live your life. These are factors such as the dietary choices you make for yourself, how many times a week you exercise, and how often you may have been exposed to environmental toxins known to cause cancer. Below are some tips on how to improve your health and help prevent against GI cancer.

Respected gastroenterologists and other professionals in the field recommend that you start with making good lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of GI cancer. One thing you can do is to stop smoking as it has been known to cause all types of cancers such as lung, liver, kidney, stomach, pancreatic, and esophageal cancers. Too much alcohol has also been shown to cause GI cancer which includes liver, esophageal, colorectal, and liver cancers.

Dr. Davidson of Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health also suggests that you watch your diet as your diet can play a big factor in preventing cancers. Obesity has been shown to be linked to cancers because it can cause more acid reflux which increases your chance of getting esophageal cancer. Getting plenty of exercise can help reduce the risk of some people getting certain types of cancer, especially cancer known as colorectal cancer.

Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables can decrease your chances of cancer because these are foods rich in antioxidants which happens to fight cell damage: cell damage which studies have found leads to cancer. Fruits and vegetables are also high in healthy fiber which helps reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Research has shown that red and processed meats have been linked to causing certain types of cancer. This is due to a large number of Nitrates that are found in red meats like lunch meat, ham, hot dogs, burgers, bacon, sausage, etc. which is an element that causes colorectal cancer.

Everyone should get checked for certain types of cancer during their physicals on a regular basis. Gastroenterology may be an uncomfortable subject, but getting screened for cancer is vitally important especially if cancer runs in your family. The earlier you get a common screening like a colonoscopy, the earlier doctors can detect any cancer that is lying within you which means you have the chance to come out with a much better prognosis. Gastrointestinal cancers are the most preventable type of cancer there is, but you have to take care of yourself and get screened on a regular basis!

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