Q&A: Decreasing Your Risk of Colon Cancer

March 22, 2017

Dr. Joel McFarland and other members of our Rochester Regional Health Gastroenterology Department answer these questions about colon cancer. 

Q: How can I decrease my risk for colon cancer?

A:  Take these steps to decrease your risk:  

  • Don't smoke tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy diet (whole grain fiber, fruits and vegetables) and a healthy weight
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Limit your alcohol intake (2 drinks or less daily for men, 1 drink for women)
  • GET YOUR SCREENING COLONOSCOPY!!  This is the single most effective action you can take to decrease your risk of colon cancer