How can I prevent colorectal cancer?

Get Screened. This is one of the best ways to prevent colorectal cancer. Screening can find early cancers that can be treated. Screening also finds polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer.

● If you are doing a fecal occult blood test at home, be sure to complete the test and return it to your clinic or lab.

● If you are having sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, follow your clinic’s instructions for preparation. And be sure to keep your app

Eat a Healthy Diet. Limit the amount of red meat and processed meats (such as cold cuts)you eat. Diets high in fat can increase your risk of colorectal cancer. To lower your risk, eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (often found in breads and cereals).

Exercise. Increase yourphysical activity. Try to be moderately active for 150 minutes or more each week.

Manage your Weight. Being overweight can increase your risk of colorectal cancer. Visit theMOVE!for information about the VA’s Weight Management Program for Veterans.

Stop Smoking. If youquitsmoking, it can decrease your risk of colorectal cancer and other diseases too.

Limit Alcohol Use. Heavy alcohol drinking can increase your risk. Men should have no more than 2 drinks a day. Women should have no more than 1 drink a day.