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Colon Cancer Risk Reduction

Q: How can I reduce my risk of colon cancer?

Dr. Donnica:
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of colon cancer.  The most important is to have regular screening tests.  Other steps include:

  • Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
  • Eating 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase your dietary fiber.
  • Get regular aerobic exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Studies have also shown that in women, birth control pill usage and hormone replacement therapy can reduce colon cancer risk.

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Created: 12/18/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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