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How to Keep Your Colon Healthy

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Colon Cancer Screenings: When To Start

If you’re at average risk, it’s recommended that you get your first colonoscopy at age 45

Reduce your risk

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Is Colon Cancer Hereditary?

Knowing your family history and getting a genetic test can help detect colorectal cancer earlier

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What You Can Do To Catch Colon Cancer Early

Know your risks for this highly preventable disease

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Can Sitting Too Much Increase Your Cancer Risk?

Studies show the high health cost of spending hours in a chair

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Colon Cancer in Young Adults: An Alarming Trend

A steady increase in cases in those younger than 50 started decades ago

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How To Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Regular screenings starting at age 45 help lower your risk

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Here’s Why Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Increase Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Chronic inflammation from flare-ups can damage the lining of your intestinal wall, making your colon more vulnerable to cancer

Screening options

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Which Colorectal Cancer Screening Method Is Right for You?

Colonoscopy is most common, but there are other options, too

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Fretting About Colonoscopy? New Prep Is Easier to Swallow

Improved prep taste, timing make for a better experience

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Is an At-Home Colon Cancer Test Worth Trying?

At-home screening options can be good detection tools, but a colonoscopy remains the gold standard

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Colorectal Cancer Screenings: Endoscopy vs. Colonoscopy vs. Sigmoidoscopy

Colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies are types of endoscopies, procedures that look at the health of your large intestine

Polyps 101

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Do You Need Surgery To Remove Large Colorectal Polyps?

Larger polyps can be difficult to remove, but there are options

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How Colon Polyp Size, Shape and Growth Pattern Affect Cancer Risk

Not all polyps turn into cancer, but they should all be removed

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How Long Does It Take Colon Cancer To Grow?

It’s a slow-moving process that offers an opportunity for early detection and treatment

Eat right

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What To Eat To Lower Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Get lots of fiber, cut back on red meat and limit your alcohol intake

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31 High-Fiber Foods You Should Be Eating

From blackberries to barley, healthy high-fiber foods are plentiful

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