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Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer and Maintain Good Health

Make healthier choices and take some relatively simple steps to maintain or improve your overall health and reduce your chances of colorectal cancer.

  • Get moving:  Even a small amount of regular exercise helps.
  • Kick the habit: Butting out your cigarettes will not only help protect you from getting colorectal cancer, your lungs will thank you as well.
  • Take your vitamins: Recent research has found that taking calcium and folic acid supplements daily over a long period of time may reduce your chances of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Watch your weight: Obesity is thought to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, particularly in women.
  • Drink moderately: Reducing alcohol intake can lessen your chance of getting colorectal cancer.
  • Know your family history:  If a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) had colorectal cancer you are at increased risk. Talk to your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer when you are 10 years younger than your relative was at the disease onset.
  • Beginning at age 50: Make colorectal cancer screening a part of your routine health checks.