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Colon Cancer Deaths Increase In Young Adults

CNN reports that cases of colon cancer are increasing in young adults. Colorectal cancer, which includes both cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. (not including skin cancers). In 2016, it's estimated there will be more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer (and more than 39,000 cases of rectal cancer) diagnosed.

Your colon, also known as your large intestine, plays an incredibly important role in your health. As food passes through your colon, liquid and salt are removed to prepare it for elimination. Aside from helping to form, store and eliminate waste, your colon contains billions of bacteria, a healthy balance of which is essential for optimal health.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. but, like many types of cancer, colon cancer is often preventable. The researchers estimated that up to 35 percent of cancer-related deaths may be due to diet, another 30 percent due to tobacco, 20 percent due to infections and the rest due to other environmental factors including exposure to radiation, stress, physical activity levels and environmental pollution.

Today can be the day you start making healthy changes to lower your risk of this potentially deadly disease. Top steps include eating more vegetables, consuming more fiber, optimizing your vitamin D levels, exercising, showing moderation when consuming red meat and avoiding processed meats. Other common sense tips include not smoking, limiting your alcohol intake and consuming more garlic.

My nutrition plan can help beginners navigate a transition to a healthier diet and is also a useful resource for experts who are looking for cutting edge dietary information. 

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