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Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Prevent Colon Cancer

Prevent colon cancer

Colon cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon (large intestine) or rectum (passageway that connects the colon to the anus). Take these steps to help lower your risk for colon cancer.

  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about colon cancer screening, especially if you are age 50 or older, you or a close relative has had colon cancer or polyps, or if you have inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Call 1-800-4-CANCER or 1-800-ACS-2345 to learn more about screening options in your community.
  • Be active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther away and walk.
  • Choose more fruits and vegetables for meals and snacks.
  • Limit alcohol.
If you smoke, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to help you quit.

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