The 12 Best Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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Don't binge drink

Heavy drinking may increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

A 2011 analysis found that people who have two or three drinks a day have a 21% higher risk of colorectal cancer than teetotalers or those who drink only occasionally.

People who drink more than 4 drinks per day have a 52% higher risk. It does not look like one type of alcohol is better or worse than another.

Part of the reason for the increased risk could be that heavy drinkers tend to have lower levels of folic acid, a vitamin that may protect against cancer.If you drink, it's best to stick to the recommended one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.

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