Take an active role in colorectal cancer prevention

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Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Yet outcomes are usually positive when it is caught early. Stay ahead with preventive actions.

Researchers have linked behaviors to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Following these guidelines may help lower your chances of developing colorectal polyps, the first stage of most cancer cases:

  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Stay physically active.
  • Choose whole grains and limit refined grain products.
  • Limit amounts of red meat, processed meats and sugary drinks.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Do not use tobacco in any form.

During a colonoscopy, you will be adequately sedated and made comfortable. You may not even remember the procedure. The procedure is very minimal compared to months of treatment for colon cancer.

In general, regular screening is recommended for people starting at age 45. Talk to your doctor about test options and how often you should be screened based on your age, overall health, prior screening history and your risk factors.