Health Tip: Reduce Your Chances of Colon Cancer

If you're at greater risk, get screened

(HealthDay News) -- Though the exact causes of colon cancer aren't fully understood, the disease is very treatable if detected early. Here are a few ways to help prevent the disease, according to the American Cancer Society:

  • Get regular colonoscopies to check for polyps or tumors, especially if you're over 50 or if a family member has had colon cancer.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week.
  • Talk to your doctor about folic acid or folate supplements, which may help prevent colon cancer.
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