Can Colon Cancer Be Prevented?

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  • Recent studies have suggested that the prevention of colon cancer can be achieved by increasing the protective factors and avoiding the risk factors from our lives. Everything that increases the chances of developing cancer are called risk factor, and anything that decreases such chances are called protective factors. Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided, but many cannot. For example, both smoking and inheriting certain genes are risk factors for some types of cancer, but only smoking can be avoided. Regular exercise and a healthy diet may be protective factors for some types of cancer. Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may lower your risk, but it does not mean that you will not get cancer. Different ways to prevent cancer are being studied, including: changing lifestyle or eating habits, avoiding things known to cause cancer, and taking medicines to treat a precancerous condition or to keep cancer from starting.

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