Despite your genes, you can cut the risk of colorectal cancer
Cancer Colorectal Cancer Lifestyle

Despite your genes, you can cut the risk of colorectal cancer

Flávia Oliveira Geraldes
Flávia Oliveira Geraldes

In 10 seconds? Adopting a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of colorectal cancer by 40% in people who are genetically predisposed to this disease.

That’s something! What exactly does the research say? It’s no big news that a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of various cancers. Avoiding smoking and alcohol, keeping a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and favouring a plant-based diet are all factors known to be protective against cancer. US researchers found that, after a follow-up period of almost 6 years, people with a high genetic risk of colorectal cancer but who had an “healthy” lifestyle were 40% less likely to develop this cancer than those who fell in the “unhealthy” lifestyle category. Among people with a low genetic risk, those in the “healthy” category still had a 25% lower risk of colorectal cancer than those in the “unhealthy” lifestyle category.

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