UHC explains foods to avoid to protect your colon health


March is Colon Cancer Awareness month and health professionals at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport said that colon cancer often has no symptoms until it is in its later stages. 

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in West Virginia and doctors said it’s important to know what foods can trigger colon problems and what foods can help keep your colon healthy. 

“We don’t want to eat processed meats like hot dogs, salami, bologna, those kinds of things, especially outside of moderation. The things we do want to eat are our fruits and vegetables and whole grains,” said Anna-Marie Houtrouw, UHC Family Medicine. 

Not smoking and limiting the intake of alcohol also reduces the risk of developing colon cancer. 

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