Colon cancer can be prevented and cured through early detection. More awareness of the importance of screening for this disease is needed

Other ways to prevent colon cancer include:

  • Changing your eating habits. Eat a low fat diet (no more than 30% of calories from fat. Increase the amount of fiber in your diet (fruits, vegetables, grains).
  • Maintain a healthy body weight for your size.
  • Don't smoke and limit alcohol intake
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise several times a week.
  • More attention is being given to preventing the growth of polyps. Research is focused on the use of drugs, vitamins and minerals and how they may work to guard healthy cells from becoming polyps that could eventually become cancerous. Also using natural colon cleansers can help. Websites such as www.healthproductreviews.com has reviews on a range of colon cleansers.
  • You may have heard that taking aspirin prevents colon cancer. This is an exciting area of research, and studies are currently underway to evaluate whether aspirin can prevent the recurrence of precancerous colon polyps. It is very important to talk with your doctor about taking aspirin as aspirin does have side effects.