Do Chicken, Pizza and Cabbage Keep Colon Cancer Away?

The explosion of social media has brought about a phenomenon in many circles, including the colon cancer community. While online resources have “boomed” and allowed us to learn more about disease than ever before, we must not forget to be careful about what we read. Or share on Facebook. Or Retweet.

Do Not Believe Everything You Read Online

Most of us remember one of the new “golden rules” of the Internet Age:  You Cannot Trust Everything You Read Online. There’s a reason most teachers discourage students from using Wikipedia for homework.

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Does pizza keep colon cancer away?

While many of us try to keep that in mind, the more that trusted newspapers, magazines,  journals and professional organizations hop on the social media bandwagon — the harder it is to keep our online guard up. With very reputable bloggers and contributors offering new content and information by the day, it’s harder to tell the difference between good information and well … bad information.

Especially when it comes to colon cancer.

Just take a look at a sample of tweets posted on Twitter within the past week about preventing colon cancer:

  • Chicken in Teen Diet May Ward Off Colon Cancer.
  • Eating pizza once a week can reduce risk of mouth and colon cancer.
  • Eating cabbage more than once a week cut men’s colon cancer odds by 66%.
  • Studies have shown that beets guard against cancer, especially colon cancer.
  • Fruits are also rich in polysaccharides which prevent constipation in turn preventing colon cancer.
  • Camel milk inhibits growth of colon cancer cells, find researchers.
  • According to studies in China, often eat fish every day can reduce the risk of colon cancer to 12%.
  • Lowered colon cancer risk that is associated w black bean intake in some research studies…

Many of the articles even included links so that you could read all about the newest claim for colorectal cancer prevention. Although some of the tweets came from sources that didn’t look too reliable — other tweets appeared to be coming from websites and Twitter users who appeared authoritative on the issue.

What Can I Believe To Keep Colon Cancer Away?

We all wish that a cure for colorectal cancer was as easy as feeding teenagers chicken or eating pizza two times a week. But unfortunately  that’s not the case. As Medical Advisory Board member Dr. John Marshall from Georgetown University Medical Center put it simply,

“We should preach a balanced diet and exercise to prevent colon cancer.”

There are many benefits that come with regular exercise and a healthy diet including foods like chicken, cabbage, fruits, vegetables and black beans. But leaning upon any single “study” claiming one food is the “cure” for colorectal cancer is misleading. And inaccurate.

United Behind a Cure

At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we’re still advocating and fighting for a cure. It’s the motive behind our advocacy efforts. It’s also why we invest in colorectal cancer research.

And while we’d love to have a “magic method” to tweet about that prevents this disease, we know fighting colorectal cancer simply isn’t that easy. There’s encouraging progress on the horizon like the role of Aspirin and exercise. But just make sure you know that there is not a cure for cancer, colorectal cancer included, quite yet.

You can be sure that as soon as it’s discovered, we’ll blast it all over Twitter.

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