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