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How can colorectal cancer be prevented?

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There are many ways to lower your chances for colorectal cancer. They include:

  • Get the right screening tests. Talk to your doctor about when you should start.
  • Eat a fiber-rich diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid red and processed meats.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Drink limited alcohol.
  • If you smoke, quit.

From: What Is Colorectal Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How many people get colorectal cancer?"

National Cancer Institute: "Colorectal Cancer - for Patients."

CDC: "What Is Colorectal Cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "How is Colorectal Cancer Diagnosed?"

American Cancer Society: "Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for Colon Cancers."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ)."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 16, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How many people get colorectal cancer?"

National Cancer Institute: "Colorectal Cancer - for Patients."

CDC: "What Is Colorectal Cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "How is Colorectal Cancer Diagnosed?"

American Cancer Society: "Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for Colon Cancers."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ)."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 16, 2017

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