Approximately 50,000 people develop colorectal cancer every year.
]To treat this type of cancer most people undergo surgery followed by chemotherapy and/or irradiation.
No Symptoms Are Known In The Early Stages
Colorectal cancer shows no symptoms in the early stages and can thus grow undetected. Often, some time passes before health problems such as diarrhea, nausea, weakness, unexplained weight loss or blood in the stool occur. Unfortunately, these symptoms are not clear, as they apply to a number of other diseases.
Diabetics Are At High Risk
People over 50, diabetics, smokers and people who do not eat fruit and vegetables have a high risk of developing colorectal cancer.
What to Do to Prevent Colorectal Cancer:
Abundant fruit and vegetables, as well as a healthy food regimen
Quality healthy fats and oils
Reduce the consumption of animal products to a minimum
Eat more lycopene-containing foods as they help the body to limit cancer growth
Lycopene belongs to the carotenoids and is a red dye that occurs in tomatoes and other red fruits, such as red grapefruits or watermelons. Basically, every fruit or vegetable which has a reddish or pink hue contains lycopene. Lycopene is a precursor of vitamin A in the body and has a wide range of possible applications in cancer prevention and in the prevention of degenerative diseases, such as heart disease.
High Lycopene Levels Also Fight Against Cervical Cancer
A study conducted by the University of Illinois has investigated the lycopene levels in women and found that women with the highest lycopene values were less likely to develop cervical cancer.
Lycopene – A Miracle?
Lycopene is an antioxidant and there is evidence that lycopene can also reduce the likelihood of developing prostate cancer. The efficacy of lycopene could be demonstrated with other types of cancers as well.
A study conducted by the China Medical University’s Department of Nutrition shows that the antioxidant lycopene can prevent the proliferation of colorectal cancer cells.