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5 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Colon Cancer

Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to prevent colorectal cancer. There are many different factors that contribute to your risk of getting colon cancer. Some of the factors, like age and family history, can't be changed. The good news is that there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Eat Healthy

As with many other medical problems, eating healthy is key to reducing your risk. Stocking up on fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods, while limiting red meats and foods high in fat may lower your risk of colorectal cancer and many other diseases.

Exercise Consistently

Exercising consistently is also very important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Along with keeping your heart and body healthy, exercising will also reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. Even walking for 20 minutes each day will set you on the path for a healthier you!

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Research shows that overweight and obese people are more likely to get colon cancer. Talk to your doctor about ways to achieve a healthy weight for your lifestyle.

Avoid Smoking

There is a link between smoking cigarettes and colon cancer. Smokers are more likely to develop both non-cancerous and cancerous tumors in the colon. Even after these tumors are removed, smokers face an increased risk of these tumors coming back. Learn seven sizzling ways to stop smoking.

Take Vitamins

Although none of these links are confirmed, some studies suggest that taking high doses of folic acid, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and vitamin D may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted September 2010

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