R&B legend Bobby Womack, who was diagnosed with the early stages of colon cancer in March, was given a clean bill of health after undergoing surgery Wednesday to have the mass removed, according to NewsOne.
Womack, whose singing career has spanned more than 50 years with a repertoire that includes hits such as “Across 110th Street,” “Lookin’ for A Love” and “Harry Hippie,” has had his share of health problems over recent years.
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Blacks & Colon Cancer
African American men have less than a 5-year survival rate for colon cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men, and should therefore be screened for the disease at 40 (10 years earlier than their White counterparts).
To lower your colon cancer risks:
• Eat risk-reducing foods. Load up on healthy portions of fiber, tomato products, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), garlic, and onions, and eat less meat.
• Work in a workout. Maintain a regular exercise routine throughout your life
• Try selenium supplementation. Taking 200 mcg a day of this essential trace mineral can offer protection against a variety of cancers.
• Go for green tea. Drink several cups of green tea a day to benefit from the protective polyphenols found in tea leaves.
• Try vitamin C. If you have colon cancer, take 10 grams per day of vitamin C to possibly slow disease progression.
• Mix in melatonin. If you have colon cancer, take 20 mg of this hormone at night under medical supervision to possibly help improve prognosis and quality of life.