Mercy's Cancer Expert Dr. Kurtis Campbell and Dietitian Kristian Morey Discuss Colorectal Cancer and Diet
Diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference when it comes to colorectal cancer. Kurtis A. Campbell, M.D., a board certified surgical oncologist at Mercy’s Institute for Cancer Care, noted that there's a direct link between what you eat and colorectal cancer.
It's recommended you eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily, consume bright colored fruits and vegetables, and reduce consumption of red and processed meats and alcohol.
According to Dr. Campbell, screening for colorectal cancer is critical. Catching a positive diagnosis early can be lifesaving.
"In fact, there's beginning to be a paradigm shift, where a very low stage, low primary colorectal cancer can be removed endoscopically, so there's really no surgery whatsoever," Dr. Campbell said.
Kristian Morey, RD, LDN, a Clinical Dietitian at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy, added that even if you don’t currently eat the best or exercise often, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes for your benefit.
View Dr. Campbell and Kristian Morey’s interviews regarding diet and colorectal cancer risk.
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