Colon cancer is number three on the most common forms of cancer in the United States.

According to the American Cancer Society, 97,220 new cases of colon cancer are expected to occur in the U.S. this year, and it could cause more than 50,000 deaths. Fortunately, scientists are continuing to research new treatments for the disease. Recently, they discovered that vegetables might play an important role.


Home Health Care Murray UT: Veggies Treat Colon Cancer

Home Health Care Murray UT: Veggies Treat Colon Cancer


Study Reveals Promising Vegetable-Based Treatment

Colon cancer occurs in the large intestine. It is usually diagnosed in people who are aged 50 or older. People who are of African American descent are also at higher risk. Doctors also believe that the way a person eats impacts their risks for the disease, which is part of the reason that the findings of this new study are so interesting.

Scientists in Singapore conducted a study using a combination of cruciferous vegetables and probiotics. Cruciferous vegetables include kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. When the compounds from these vegetables were mixed with probiotics, researchers found that mice used in the test experienced a 75 percent decrease in tumors.

One of the more exciting things about this study is that the active ingredient in this potential new treatment, sulforaphane, is one that is produced in the human body when cruciferous vegetables are eaten. Scientists just made it more effective by giving it a boost with probiotics. Because the sulforaphane attacks cancer cells it leaves the healthy cells unharmed.


Preventing Colon Cancer

Although the information revealed in this new study is relatively new and requires more research, it can’t hurt to add some additional cruciferous vegetables to your aging relative’s diet. Some other cruciferous vegetables are:

  • Bok choy
  • Cabbage
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli
  • Turnips
  • Mustard greens
  • Arugula
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Collards


Other steps you can take to help prevent colon cancer are:


Dietary Changes: Research shows that the risk of colon cancer increases in people who eat a typical Western diet. However, eating a diet that is high in fiber and low in fat could reduce the risk. A new diet should also include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.


Lose Weight: If the older adult is overweight, getting to a healthy weight can help.


Exercise: Being physically active has a number of health benefits, including reducing colon cancer risks.


Furthermore, a senior care provider can assist in your efforts to reduce your loved one’s colon cancer risks. Eldercare providers can prepare healthy meals that conform to the dietary recommendations. They can even help the older adult to grocery shop. Senior care providers can also remind the person about upcoming doctor’s appointments and cancer screenings.


Are you or a loved one considering Home Health Care in Murray, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities.
801-427-ROSE (7673)



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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.

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