Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States with over 101,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. In many cases, the cause is unclear, though potential risk factors include weight gain, a sedentary lifestyle, and a poor diet.
If you eat a lot of red and processed meat or down more than two alcoholic drinks a day, you’re raising your risk, warns Cleveland Clinic dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD. Those are just two of the things that increase your risk of colon cancer. Fortunately, you can actually lower your risk by eating the right foods – check them out!