Your lifestyle is very important in reducing the risk of developing colorectal cancer. The guidelines below cannot guarantee that you will not get cancer, but they can certainly help to minimise the possibility:

- Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit
- Eat plenty of foods that are high in fibre
- Cut down on red meat and processed food
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Moderate your alcohol intake
- Do not smoke
- Undergo routine check-ups
Eat brown rice instead of white rice
Brown rice naturally has more fibre and riboflavin, and less sugar than white rice. It is digested slower and is more filling.
Switch from white bread to wholewheat or wholegrain bread
White bread is highly processed, whereas wholewheat and wholegrain breads have more fibre, iron and potassium.
Drink iced teas instead of soda
Black, green and herbal teas provide antioxidants and phytochemicals that are good for your health. Unlike soda, you can control the sugar content when ordering iced tea.
Choose wholegrain or wholewheat cereals with bran instead of sugar-coated cereals
Wholegrain cereals and wholewheat cereals with bran naturally have more protein, fibre, calcium, iron, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin than sugary cereals. In addition to less sugar, they are metabolised slower and are more filling.
Switch from red, processed meat to white meat
White meat contains less cholesterol and is low in saturated fat. It also provides omega-3, which is necessary for proper brain growth and development.
Have fresh fruit instead of ice cream for dessert
Fresh fruit is fat and cholesterol free and has more fibre. It is also loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, and contains beneficial phytochemicals.