Colon cancer and diet


One of the most common cancers

More than 36, 000 new cases of colorectal cancer are declared each year in France. Due to its frequency, which has been increasing for twenty years, colorectal cancer is the third cancer in men and the second in women. In 40% of cases the cancer affects the rectum and in 60% of the colon.

Diet after colon cancer

Nadine: My father had colon cancer . I would like to know what I can make him eat. I have heard that diet is very important for this cancer. After treatment for colon cancer, a healthy, varied and balanced diet plays an important role in preventing the risk of relapse. There are also some specific dietary recommendations for colorectal cancer.

  • Vary the diet enough
  • Favor fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grain products.
  • Regularly consume dark green, red and orange vegetables and fruits, lentils, peas, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, turnips, grapes, without eliminating the other vegetables and fruits.
  • Eat bean sprouts, nuts and wheat sprouts regularly.
  • Do not eat too much fat (not more than 25% of the daily calorie intake) and especially limit animal fats: meat, cold meats, dairy products, butter, cream
  • Limit the meat to 100 g per day and not more often than twice a week. Favor the consumption of fish: at least twice a week.
  • Limit sugar consumption
  • Do not resale at the table (do not put salt shakers on the table)
  • On the drink side: 1.5 liters per day and preferably water, limit sugary drinks and alcohol.
  • Monitor your weight and maintain your ideal weight. Thirty minutes of physical exercise at least three times a week (brisk walking, cycling, swimming, etc.) is also recommended.