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    Are there certain foods that help prevent cancer?

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    Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you for your question.

    While no cancer is completely preventable, you can lower your risk of bowel cancer by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.For further information about Diet & Nutrition and bowel cancer visit the Be Aware - Prevention - Diet & Nutrition - Eating for protection page on the Bowel Cancer Australia website.

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    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.orgPlease Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only.  It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Whilst cancer itself is not completely preventable, you can follow the advice given below which are the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) nutritional guidelines for cancer prevention:

    • Avoid food and drinks that promote weight gain (e.g. sugary drinks, and energy dense foods)
    • Eat more plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and pulses
    • Limit the consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats
    • Avoid drinking alcohol (however, if going to drink limit to only 2 standard drinks per day), and
    • Limit the consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt

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