Health Shorts: Preventing cancer and recurrence

The risk of colon cancer does not end even after a patient has successfully been treated for it. To keep your colon healthy and prevent cancer recurrence:

  • Exercise regularly; it will cut your risk of recurrence by 40 to 50 percent.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Replace red meat, processed meat and sweets in your diet with fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and whole grains.
  • Increase your intake of both calcium and vitamin D.
  • Continue getting regular checkups and screening tests.

[SOURCE: “Keep your colon healthy,” from Health Magazine, last updated Feb. 23, 2009]

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Last Updated January 14, 2010