Colon Cancer Prevention
We believe the best treatment for colon cancer is to prevent it from occurring. Following a few simple healthy lifestyle guidelines can help decrease the chance that you will develop colon cancer.
Help Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer
- Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five or more days per week. Longer durations may provide additional benefits.
- Avoid excess body fat by limiting caloric intake and/or balance caloric intake with ample moderate-to-vigorous exercise.
- Replace red meat with chicken, fish, nuts and legumes.
Tests and Screenings for Colon Cancer
Screening for signs of colon cancer can identify precancerous colon polyps. Removing these polyps can prevent the later development of cancer. The American Cancer Society currently recommends people at average risk of colorectal cancer start colorectal cancer screenings every ten years beginning at age 50. If you have a personal or family history with cancer, screening may need to begin at a much earlier age.