The 12 Best Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer prevention

by Anne Harding

Beyond getting a colonoscopy starting at age 50, what can you do to prevent colorectal cancer? A lot, it turns out. The good news is that colorectal-cancer-preventing habits are nearly identical to those that help your heart.

"If you basically do what you're supposed to do to prevent coronary artery disease or to prevent a heart attack, then you're doing exactly what you should to prevent colon cancer," says Alfred Neugut, MD, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City.

Here are 12 tips for heading off colon cancer.

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