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As with many cancer types, there is no way to prevent colorectal cancer, however, certain measures do help to lower its risk. These measures are:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight: It is important to maintain an ideal body weight through diet and exercise.
  • Consume a healthy diet: People, especially those at increased risk for colorectal cancer, should avoid processed and red meat and consume whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
  • Incorporate exercise in routine life: Daily exercise is important for reducing the risk of colorectal cancer and various other diseases.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol: Smoking increases the risk of colorectal cancer. People should avoid smoking and limit the consumption of alcohol.