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What can I do to prevent Colon Cancer?

  • Colon Cancer RibbonGet Screened. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.
  • Know your medical history. Certain conditions, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, can put you at a greater risk of colon cancer. Talk to your doctor about any conditions you have, you may need to start screening earlier than age 50.
  • Quit smoking. People who have smoked tobacco for a long time are more likely than non-smokers to develop and die from colorectal cancer. Smoking is a well-known cause of lung cancer, but it's linked to a lot of other cancers, too. 
  • Get active. If you're not physically active, you have a greater chance of developing colon cancer. Being more active can help lower your risk.
  • Watch your diet. A diet that's high in red meats (such as beef, pork, lamb, or liver) and processed meats (like hot dogs and some luncheon meats) raises your colorectal cancer risk.
  • Limit alcohol use. Colorectal cancer has been linked to moderate to heavy alcohol use. Limiting alcohol use to no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women could have many health benefits, including a lower risk of many kinds of cancer.