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Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Help from Healthy Habits

Help from Healthy Habits

You can prevent colon cancer by catching polyps early, but can you prevent polyps? It might be impossible, but some healthy habits can help:

  • Diet: A colorectal cancer-fighting diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains will supply your body with the fiber and antioxidants you need to keep your digestive system clean.
  • Exercise: Exercising and maintaining a healthy BMI not only keep your system healthier, but they'll also have you better prepared for surgery if you need it.
  • Alcohol and cigarettes: If you know you're at risk for polyps, limit alcohol consumption to only a glass a day. Don't smoke.


By Daniel Halperin, published March 22, 2011. Daniel is a freelance writer based in New York City.