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Doctor insights on: Eating Fiber Prevent Colon Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: There are types that have family predispositions but this is the minority most forms are sporadic there are also multiple environmental and dietary risk factors for development of colon and rectal cancer. Low fiber and high fat diets have been shown to increase risk of this disease. ...Read more

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How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

Less contact: The hypothesis is that one factor in colon cancer is potentially ingested carcinogens(cancer causing) that are in the food we eat. The faster the stool moves through the colon, the less time the carcinogen has in contact with any segment of the colon so it's should be less damaging. ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

Good: Cereal is a good source of fibre as is oatmeal. Soluble or insoluble fibre must be accompanied by good fluid intake to be efficacious. ...Read more

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Does exercise prevent colon cancer?

Does exercise prevent colon cancer?

No: There has been some link to fat ingestion, but exercise specifically does not act as a preventative measure. Certainly the healthier one is, the more immune competent, the less likely to eat foods with "bad" products such as nitrosamines etc, and this all can play a role in being less likely to develop cancer. ...Read more

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Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Likely: Cancers start as polyps. Removing polyps decreases cancer risk, but no test guarantees finding every polyp. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Fiber and Life: Fiber has been shown to prevent colon cancer. It has not been shown to improve cancer survival. You would need to eat about 30 to 35 grams of fiber per day to obtain the preventive qualities of the fiber, and you need to do this long-term. ...Read more

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Which nutrient helps prevent colon cancer?

Which nutrient helps prevent colon cancer?

Try these: Cancer Network reports that“adopting a combination of five healthy behaviors is linked to a reduction in the risk of developing colorectal cancer.” The five lifestyle factors were “healthy weight, physical activity, nonsmoking, limited alcohol consumption, and healthy diet.” Investigators found that subjects who “adopted all five had a 37% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.” ...Read more

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Can long term consumption of psyllium husk help prevent colon cancer?

Can long term consumption of psyllium husk help prevent colon cancer?

The idea: Is appealing, in that it promotes regularity, and a theory of duration of carcinogens as cause of colorectal cancer makes sense. However, I do not know that there are objective, controlled data, i.E one group got it, the other group a placebo, and follow up for many years. ...Read more

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Balanced diet for duodenal peptic ulcer and prostate cancer (gleason 3+3).

Balanced diet for duodenal peptic ulcer and prostate cancer (gleason 3+3).

Eat lots of fruits: And veggies daily. Cut down on coffee, soda, spicy foods, citrus, chocolates, etc. Follow up with the specialists. God bless you! http://www.All4naturalhealth.Com/herbs-for-cancer.Html. ...Read more

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Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

I am not aware: of such data. It is generally accepted that risk of malignancy is proportional to duration of active colitis, so it follows that it is most important to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Confer with your gi specialist for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

Both: Soluble fibre attracts water and helps keep stool soft. Insoluble fibre makes stool bulky and shortens transit time and helps evacuation. Both are good for different reasons. ...Read more

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Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Colon cancer: The relationship between high fiber intake and colon cancer is still somewhat controversial with studies going both ways. But a high fiber diet is beneficial in many other ways as well. There are no quality clinical data to suggest constipation is a risk factor for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does celiac increase risk of colon cancer?

Does celiac increase risk of colon cancer?

No: Most studies found that it does not increase risk for colon cancer. But it does for other type of cancers, such as small bowel cancer or lymphoma. ...Read more

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What are some recommended foods that helps prevent colon cancer?

What are some recommended foods that helps prevent colon cancer?

High fiber: High fiber foods and plenty of fluids can reduce your risk and diets high in red meat and processed or smoked foods increase your risk. But no diet alone can prevent colon cancer. Colonoscopies are still the best prevention or early detector of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does constipation and/or holding poop in(while at work) increase one's risk of colon/rectal cancer or bowel cancer?

Does constipation and/or holding poop in(while at work) increase one's risk of colon/rectal cancer or bowel cancer?

Not likely: To avoid constipation, you should increase your intake of fiber foods. Alternatively you could take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Do hemmroid flareups increase your risk of colon cancer?

Do hemmroid flareups increase your risk of colon cancer?

Unrelated: hemorrhoid flare up produces problems with bleeding or the equivalent of thrombosed varicose veins in the rectum. Cancer in general is related to a viral infection from an organism like the polyoma virus that infects a field in the area of colon/rectum that leads to genetic alterations leading to malignant transformation of the involved cells. ...Read more

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Does eating kimchi causes cancer or prevent cancer?

Does eating kimchi causes cancer or prevent cancer?

Possibly: An article was published in Korea: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014;15(19):8509-19. There has been an association with food with increased nitrosamines and gastric gastric cancer. This is why the incidence of gastric cancer is seemingly higher in the Asian/Korean population. Additional studies are needed to prove that the association is actually 'statistically significant.' ...Read more

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Does eating a lot of fiber prevent colon cancer?

Not PREVENT: Certainly high fiber is thought to reduce risk, but not prevent. ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

Good: Cereal is a good source of fibre as is oatmeal. Soluble or insoluble fibre must be accompanied by good fluid intake to be efficacious. ...Read more

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What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

Both: Soluble fibre attracts water and helps keep stool soft. Insoluble fibre makes stool bulky and shortens transit time and helps evacuation. Both are good for different reasons. ...Read more

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Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: There are types that have family predispositions but this is the minority most forms are sporadic there are also multiple environmental and dietary risk factors for development of colon and rectal cancer. Low fiber and high fat diets have been shown to increase risk of this disease. ...Read more

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Does fiber play a protective role in colon cancer?

Does fiber play a protective role in colon cancer?

Yes: Arabinogalactan is a soluble fiber which regenerates mucosal lining and prevents colon cancer. ...Read more

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How could a lack of fiber (roughage) in the diet be a cause of colon disease, including colon cancer?

How could a lack of fiber (roughage) in the diet be a cause of colon disease, including colon cancer?

Theories: Of slow bowel activity, build up of bad bacteria creating toxins or toxic environment. And healthy intestinal bacteria with higher fiber diet may cause less colon wall mucosal irritation and less risks for cancer. Also theories of low fat diet and increased exercise lowering colon cancer risks. ...Read more

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Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Colon cancer: The relationship between high fiber intake and colon cancer is still somewhat controversial with studies going both ways. But a high fiber diet is beneficial in many other ways as well. There are no quality clinical data to suggest constipation is a risk factor for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.

Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.

Colon ca treatment: Dietary measures are helpful in preventing colon cancer. However once colon cancer develops you need to see a doctor to have it properly staged and treated; even the early stages need treatment. ...Read more

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Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Stool softener: If fiber and water and have not helped, try taking a stool softener. It is unlikely that you have cancer, given the lack of family history and your age. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

I am not aware: of such data. It is generally accepted that risk of malignancy is proportional to duration of active colitis, so it follows that it is most important to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Confer with your gi specialist for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer?

How can I prevent colon cancer?

Lifestyle: Nothing can prevent colon cancer, but high fiber diet, low fat, minimal alcohol, low red meat, can all be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer?

Check: Occult blood testing in your stool, do not eat much red meat, take a baby Aspirin a day and after a certain age have routine colonoscopies every 5 years if all is clear. Anybody in the family with the condition? ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer?

How can I prevent colon cancer?

Need more info: Screening colonoscopy is perhaps the short answer. The earliest age which any member of your family had colon cancer, get started on colonoscopic screening at an age 10 years younger than that. For more information on this topic, you may consult this site: http://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/patient/colorectal-prevention-pdq ...Read more

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How do you prevent colon cancer?

How do you prevent colon cancer?

Diet and endoscopy: A low fat diet is essential.Testing the stool for occult blood yearly starting at the age of 40 .Starting metamucil daily at age 50 and colonoscopy at age 50 will help. ...Read more

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What are the different way to prevent colon cancer?

What are the different way to prevent colon cancer?

Numerous: Hi fiber diet, high fluids, avoiding excessive red meats and smoked foods, and getting regular colonoscopies if you are at risk. Most importantly, don't assume bleeding is from your hemorrhoids. Get it checked out b an expert. No bleeding even from hemorrhoids is normal. ...Read more

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What are the good foods that prevent colon cancer?|

Fiber and Veggies: Fiber foods really help clean the colon and prevent constipation. The cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale, all help the liver and intestines with cancer preventing nutrients. Avoidance of burnt meats and high fat foods also helps significantly. ...Read more

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What are some recommended foods that helps prevent colon cancer?

High fiber: High fiber foods and plenty of fluids can reduce your risk and diets high in red meat and processed or smoked foods increase your risk. But no diet alone can prevent colon cancer. Colonoscopies are still the best prevention or early detector of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Which nutrient helps prevent colon cancer?

Try these: Cancer Network reports that“adopting a combination of five healthy behaviors is linked to a reduction in the risk of developing colorectal cancer.” The five lifestyle factors were “healthy weight, physical activity, nonsmoking, limited alcohol consumption, and healthy diet.” Investigators found that subjects who “adopted all five had a 37% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.” ...Read more

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Can long term consumption of psyllium husk help prevent colon cancer?

The idea: Is appealing, in that it promotes regularity, and a theory of duration of carcinogens as cause of colorectal cancer makes sense. However, I do not know that there are objective, controlled data, i.E one group got it, the other group a placebo, and follow up for many years. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more