What can I do to prevent it?

Screening is one way you can prevent colorectal cancer from developing. Colorectal cancer usually begins with a kind of precancerous growth (polyp), which if found early, can be removed before it turns into cancer. Click here to learn about your screening options for colorectal cancer.


In addition to screening, you can make everyday lifestyle changes to improve your health. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips:

  • Stay away from tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be active, get moving
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink
  • Know yourself and your risks (click here for more informatoin¬†about¬†colorectal cancer risk)
  • Have regular check-ups
  • Talk to your doctor about cancer screening tests (click here for help on how to talk about colorectal cancer screening).


Visit the American Cancer Society web site for more information about cancer prevention.


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