Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer Linked to Diet and Other Non-Genetic Factors

Between 1992 and 2013 the early-onset of colorectal cancers have almost doubled. A new study published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum set out to find if the risk factors associated with late-onset were relevant to this alarming increase, and whether anatomic subside saw different association patterns.

Researchers pooled data from 13 population based studies, including 3,767 cases of colorectal cancer and 4,049 controls in people aged 50 and younger, as well as 23,427 cases of colorectal cancer and 35,311 controls in people aged 50 and older.
Results showed that non regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, greater red meat intake, alcohol abstinence and heavier alcohol use all increased odds of early-onset colorectal cancer. Lower fibre intake was linked more strongly to rectal cancer than colon cancer. Those with a history of diabetes, lower folate, and calcium intake also trended towards higher risk of developing early onset disease. Of note, neither body mass index nor smoking were factors in early-onset patients.

This was the first large scale study focusing on non-genetic risk factors for early-onset colorectal cancer and the findings are imperative for helping determine who is most at risk and mitigating the rising number of patients with this disease.
Source: The ASCO Post

What can you do to lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer?

If you are taking NSAIDS for chronic pain management you might be interested in learning about non-pharmaceutical approaches to managing pain such as:

  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is one of the oldest healing arts in the world. It works by inserting small needles, heat, and pressure to specific points on the body. A number of studies suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain such as back and neck pain; osteoarthritis/knee pain; and headaches and it often reduces the incidence and severity of tension headaches and may help to prevent migraines.
    Source: NCCIH
  • Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)/Cold Laser Therapy/Photobiomodulation (PBMT): LLLT is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light. The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light are not strong enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those used to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue.
  • NovaTHOR®: NovoTHOR is our red light therapy pod which offers whole body red light therapy that uses red and near-infrared light to treat injuries, reduce pain, relax muscles/joints, and increase blood circulation. It is an non-invasive option for treating the source of the pain and can treat the whole body, from your head to toe, all at once in less than 15 minutes. You will leave feeling relaxed and better than ever.
  • Prolotherapy/Trigger Point Injection Therapy: Is used to release tense areas of muscle and fascia (often felt to the patient as deep “knot”). It helps to restore the flow of blood, oxygen and nerve conduction in the local area and distant regions affected by the proximal trigger point.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Platelet Rich Plasma is a component of blood, which is extracted from the same patient it will be used to treat. Thus the treatment itself does not require any external chemicals or additives, which virtually negates any risk of allergy or sensitivity. Therefore Platelet Rich Plasma is a component of your own blood that is gently extracted and isolated, then used to promote healing in your damaged tissues. The goal of PRP therapy is to concentrate on the growth factors found in your blood and use them to supercharge the natural healing processes. PRP therapy can decrease or eliminate pain, improve joint function and mobility, and shorten healing times when used appropriately.
  • Personalized Clinical Nutrition: An anti-inflammatory diet can be particularly important as part of your whole treatment plan. Certain nutrients alleviate chronic pain through management of inflammation via oxidative stress. As many whole foods comprise bioactive compounds with anti-inflammatory effects, diet and nutrition should be integrated in the approach to treating patients with chronic pain
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