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Colon Cancer Prevention

With our guidance, you can change your colorectal health for the better.

What steps should you take to reduce your risks for colon cancer? While it is impossible to prevent 100% of all colon cancers, being aware of your risks can help you adjust your lifestyle and have peace of mind.

The following guidelines are for all individuals concerned about their colon health:

As with many other cancers, your colon cancer risk is greatly reduced if you limit your alcohol intake to at most, two drinks daily for men, or one drink at most, for women, and stop smoking altogether. It's never too late to stop smoking or curb your drinking - talk with your doctor about the variety of techniques available.

The tried-and-true rules for maintaining your overall health are just as applicable for colon cancer prevention. A diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is naturally low in calories and provides the phytonutrients that your body needs to prevent disease. And a daily exercise routine can go a long way toward helping you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Regular colon screenings should begin at age 50 for persons who are at average risk for colon cancer. If you have a family history of colon cancer or certain personal health concerns, your physician may recommend beginning screening at an earlier age.

Not sure about your personal risk for colon cancer? Schedule an appointment with one of our Dayton-area physicians for a personal assessment of your risk.