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Can Colorectal Cancer Be Prevented?

There is strong scientific evidence that having regular screening tests for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50 reduces deaths from colorectal cancer. Screening tests, also known as a colonoscopy, can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon and rectum, and polyps can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Besides getting colorectal screenings as recommended, there are other steps you can take to lower your risk for colorectal cancer including:
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods and limit your intake of red meat
  • Stop smoking – tobacco use raises your risk for colon cancer
  • Maintain a healthy diet, weight and active lifestyle
  • Get screened early. We offer free* colon screenings for patients 50 years of age and older!

*As required by the Affordable Care Act, most commercial insurance plans now provide coverage for preventive care including age/risk-appropriate screenings such as colonoscopies.