But you can take action that may prevent colon polyps:
- Stay at a healthy body weight.
- Quit smoking.
- Use alcohol in moderation. Moderate alcohol use usually is defined as 1 alcoholic beverage a day for women and 2 for men.
Experts are not yet certain that these approaches prevent colon polyps or colorectal cancer.
These self-care methods should not be a substitute for regular colorectal screening, especially if you are older than 50 or are at increased risk for colon polyps or colon cancer. While these approaches may decrease your risk for colon polyps, they will not prevent you from ever having colon polyps.