Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduction

  • Eat an overall healthy diet high in fiber diet and  little red meat.
  • When cooking meat, do not burn/blacken it (creates carcinogens).
  • Calcium 800-1200 mg per day.
  • Don’t drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Avoid obesity.
  • Get regular physical activity.
  • A daily aspirin can slightly reduce colon cancer risk but can cause bleeding complications that may overshadow any potential colon cancer benefit.
  • Antioxidants such as vitamin E, beta-carotene, and selenium have not shown significant colon cancer risk reduction.  
  • Unfortunately no special diet, life style modification, or supplement can reliably prevent colon cancer. These measures do not replace colonoscopy as the primary and most effective preventative technique.