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How can you prevent colorectal cancer?

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Living a healthy lifestyle that includes no smoking, regular exercise, staying at a healthy weight, and eating little red meat and lots of vegetables and fruit is probably your best start.

Regular testing is another important step.

Some studies have shown that aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may help prevent colon cancers for certain people whose families get polyps, but they're not generally recommended for someone with an average risk for colorectal cancer.

From: Colorectal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. American Cancer Society. The Centers for Disease Control. American Association of Family Physicians. National Institutes of Health. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. American Cancer Society. The Centers for Disease Control. American Association of Family Physicians. National Institutes of Health. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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