Did you know that colon cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States? While traditionally a disease of older adults, it has crept into younger and younger age groups. There are also racial and ethnic groups that see its devastating consequences at a higher rate.
On today’s mini-episode, Dhru sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to talk about why we are seeing an increase in colon-cancer incidence and mortality in young people. They discuss the risk factors and the importance of screening and early detection. They also talk about how to create a terrain in the body where cancer is less likely to grow through specific diet and lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The Ultrawellness Center in Lenox, MA. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.
In this episode we dive into:
- What causes colon cancer
- Why we are seeing higher rates of colon cancer in younger people
- Testing and screening for colon cancer
- How to create an environment in the body where cancer is less likely to grow
- The important role physical activity plays in cancer prevention
- The connection between gut health and colon cancer
- Foods that support our microbiome and can lower our risk for colon cancer
Listen to the full episode here.
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