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The 12 Best Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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Exercise

Want to really lower your risk? Get moving.

There's strong evidence that exercise cuts the risk of colon cancer and polyps, and sedentary living increases it.

One review of medical literature suggested that exercise reduces colon-cancer risk by 25%, although it does not appear to be associated with rectal cancer. So how active do you need to be? Get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity at least five days a week, the American Cancer Society recommends, and get even more of a benefit if you make it 45 or 60 minutes.

Next: Get screened

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