WICHITA, Kansas – While early detection for colon cancer is the best method of prevention, there are other measures that you can take to help reduce your risk. It includes what you eat.

“Americans tend to over eat our portion size. We have a big problem with sodium. Sodium is in everything, every food group except fruits and vegetables,” said Erica Graham, Wesley Hospital Clinical Dietician.

Not only are many eating a lot, many are eating worse.

“Actually, data shows that vegetable consumption has gone down in the last 10 years.”RELATED LINK: Guidelines to eating healthy

Many people are on the go and grab snacks that aren’t good for them. It includes foods with processed sugars and saturated fats. Instead, many should be going for foods that are high in fiber.

“You can’t expect it to just happen. You have to put a little effort and planning into it,” said Graham. “On the weekend, depending on what I have going on, I sit down and think about meals for the week.”

Officials say there is no silver bullet to preventing colon cancer. However, a diet high in fiber, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is important. Exercise, adequate sleep and genetics play a part too Most importantly, make sure you follow your doctor’s advice and get screened when recommended.