Treating and preventing colon cancer

Colon cancer is treatable

Colon cancer can happen to anyone, no matter what your family history. However, it’s also one of the most treatable cancers--if caught early. That’s why regular screenings are recommended if you’re 50 years or over. Setting up an appointment for a routine test now is easier than changing your life to deal with cancer later.

Make lifestyle changes to lower your chance of cancer

Reducing your risk of colon cancer is possible. Consider committing to some changes in your daily life:

Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which may play a role in cancer prevention. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you get different vitamins and nutrients.

Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.

Stop smoking. Talk to your doctor about ways to quit that may work for you.

Exercise most days of the week. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you've been inactive, start slowly and build up gradually to 30 minutes. Also, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Maintain a healthy weight. Aim to achieve or maintain a healthy weight with a healthy diet and daily exercise.

Adopting these lifestyle changes can help you prevent and manage colon cancer.1

References

1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/manage/ptc-20188388 (link opens in new window)

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