colorectal cancer

  1. Colorectal cancer is on the rise in younger adults

    This type of cancer doesn't care how young you are

    It used to be that the type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum (a.k.a. colorectal cancer) only affected folks over 50.

    You'd have to be at least "middle aged" to start worrying about it, and you'd really only hear about it hitting seniors.

    But according to a scary new report from the American Cancer Society, this potentially deadly form of cancer is no longer just a concern for old timers.

    Because now, we're seeing patients younger than ever getting diagnosed with colon cancer and rectal cancer.

    So, no matter how old -- or young -- you are, it's never too soon to keep your colon healthy

    To be fair, the vast majority of these cancers are still found in the over-50 crowd (specifically, 90 percent of them). But while the rates have been DROPPING for folks older than age 55 for the last four decades -- thanks to widely available screenings like colonoscopies that can catch polyps BEFORE they turn cancerous -- the rates for those born after 1950 have been GOING UP.

    In fact, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that the rate of colorectal cancer is starting to go up primarily in those who are only in their 20s and 30s!

    You would think that younger folks would be more active... and therefore generally "healthier."

    But as I shared with you just last week, obesity turns out to be a significant risk factor for nearly a dozen different types of cancer -- including of the colon and rectum. And right now, adults of ALL ages in the U.S. are fatter than ever.

    To maintain good colon health, it's essential to manage your weight. Eating a high-fiber diet like Paleo will keep things "moving" down there and help shed any excess pounds.

    The Paleo diet also includes lots of nuts, which have been proven to stop colon cancer in its tracks.

    As well, a recent study showed that having high levels of vitamin D can slash your risk of colon cancer by as much as 90 percent. Other supplements that have shown some potency in fighting off colon cancer include glucosamine and chondroitin, resveratrol, and curcumin followed by silymarin.

    And according to a study last year, just a cup or two of coffee a day can drop your risk of colon cancer by 26 percent!

    The bottom line is that there's no such thing as "too young" to get colorectal cancer -- or to get a colonoscopy.

    If anything seems a bit "wrong" or "off" -- like if your colon never really feels "empty" or if you find any blood in your stool -- get checked out before it's too late.

    Colonoscopies aren't fun, but they save lives.

  2. Coffee can beat cancer

    Enjoy this disease-fighting 'mud' every morning

    Want another cup of coffee? Go ahead and have one. Better yet, keep refilling that mug -- because the more you drink, the lower your risk of colorectal cancers.

    Four cups a day cuts the risk by 15 percent, according to a new look at data on nearly half a million people. And six or more cups can slash the risk of the disease by 26 percent.

    Yet some nags keep telling you coffee is a bad habit!

    Let 'em think that so you can keep the brew -- and the benefits -- for yourself, because along with lowering your risk of bowel cancer, other studies have shown that coffee can fight off prostate, skin, esophageal, and other cancers as well.

    While some studies have found that decaf can also provide some of the same benefits, the new research didn't -- so if you want all the cancer-fighting powers, make sure you drink your Joe fully charged.

    Along with fighting cancer, coffee can also help protect the brain from just about everything. Tumors, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's -- you name it, there are studies that show coffee can help keep it at bay.

    Sorry, tea lovers, but the new study didn't find anything for you -- not when it comes to colorectal cancer, anyway.

    But you don't have to make the switch to mud if you don't want to, since other studies have found that tea -- especially green tea -- can fight off other cancers, improve the heart, and even boost your longevity.

    In other words, you can't really go wrong when it comes to these hot drinks… unless you don't drink them at all.

  3. Cut your death risk in half with this simple procedure

    Colonoscopies are the only cancer screenings I stand behind, and that's because they can do something all the PSA tests and mammograms in the world can't.
  4. Folate cuts colorectal cancer risk in women

    The latest research points to folate, or folic acid, as one of the keys to helping women avoid colorectal cancer.
  5. Cleaner fuel…deadlier burgers?

    Researchers at Kansas State University have discovered that cattle fed on distiller's grain - a byproduct of the ethanol distillation process - have a greater prevalence of E. coli 0157 in their system.
  6. Cancer-fighting benefits of garlic consumption

    A few years ago, I wrote in my newsletter about the cancer-fighting benefits of garlic consumption - especially for stomach and colorectal cancers.

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