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How to Prevent Colon Cancer on the Central Coast

Colon cancer prevention tips and highly effective screening tests, such as a colonoscopy, greatly improve your chances for not developing cancer. At Dignity Health Central Coast, we know that lifestyle changes also contribute to colon cancer prevention. 

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the third most common cancer among men and women. If you are an American, you have nearly one in 20 chance of developing colon cancer.

If you are concerned about your risk, Find a Doctor online to learn more about how to prevent colon cancer on California’s Central Coast.


Colon Cancer Prevention with Dignity Health Central Coast

Screening with colonoscopy is one of the most important things you can do for colon cancer prevention. However, other options are available. Talk to your doctor to determine which type of screening exam is right for you.

Preventing colon cancer includes making healthy lifestyle choices. Dignity Health Central Coast health care providers provide these easy-to-follow guidelines:

  • Get moderate to vigorous exercise most days.
  • Quit smoking.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

However, these lifestyle choices don’t guarantee that you won’t develop colon cancer. Early diagnosis, combined with a healthy body, increases your chances of a successful treatment.


Know Your Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

While the cause of colon cancer is not completely understood, our doctors know that specific risk factors make you more likely to develop the disease. Your doctor will review your medical history and identify risks, such as:

  • Personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Age – most colon cancers (90 percent) occur in people age 50 and older
  • History of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Genetics caused by mutations in genes and genetic syndromes
  • African-American race

Staying healthy and taking steps for colon cancer prevention on California’s Central Coast can help you lower your risk and live a longer, more active life. For more colon cancer prevention strategies, contact a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital today.

Dignity Health cancer team cares about your health, providing expert advice on how to prevent colon cancer on the Central Coast of California.