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Colon cancer risk factors

Posted Jul 31 2009 11:47am

I remember my doctor telling me that two really bad health habits were smoking and drinking. Around 20 years ago, I spent a few months smoking cigarettes. Didn't smoke before and haven't smoked since. Who knows if that short history of smoking will give me lung disease or cancer in the future. But I'm glad I don't smoke.

Ten years ago, I made the wise decision to stop drinking. These two habits would have had a profound impact on my health in the years to come.

Now, research shows smoking and drinking could increase the chance of colon cancer. A story from Medical News Today has the facts: 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/157319.php  

The article also mentions the importance of exercise and suggests the need to cut back on red meat consumption.

When I remember what my doctor told me years ago, I can't help but wonder how much healthier people would be if we were to completely eliminate booze and cigs.

 

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