The 12 Best Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer


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Get screened

"Screening for colorectal cancer is actually one of the very few cancer screening tests that can actually prevent the disease," says Dr. Brooks.

Testing usually starts at age 50, and options include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and fecal occult blood testing.

"Compared to colonoscopy [fecal occult blood testing] is a very low-tech approach to testing, but it's also been shown that if done properly it can reduce the risk of developing and dying of colon cancer," Dr. Brooks says. "There are a variety of options. It's really an issue of patient preference and what patients have access to."

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