How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

Lifestyle changes. Lots of dietary factors help reduce the risk- high fiber through fruits & veggies; low fat and red meat; low alcohol use. Aspirin can reduce polyp formation and regular exercise is of benefit too.
Diet and reduction o. Hi fiber diets, low red meat intake, reduced alcohol consumption, quit smoking, excercise and get appropriate screening at recommended times may help to reduce the inciddence. Also being aware of family medical histories especially immediate family members. Taking low dose nsaids may reduce the incidence of polyps and thus colon cancer.

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How can I reduce the risk of getting colon cancer? I have ulcerative colitis so I understand I'm already at a higher risk.

Examination. Having active medical care, proper medical treatment of the ulcerative colitis & having gastroenterologist who does serial colonoscopy with biopsy to watch for potential cellular dysplasia. Control the colitis with assistance of your doctors. Read more...
Colonoscopy. And be certain to be followed by a cool-rectal surgeon who can help guide you about the indications for prophylactic colectomy (removal of the colon). Read more...

Can children get colon cancer?

Yes. Usually adult children. The youngest patient I have seen in my practice with a family history of colon cancer, was first diagnosed at age 18. Read more...

When should you get checked for colon cancer?

Q 5yrs. If asymptomatic most people should have colorectal screening every 5 yrs starting at age 40. If symptomatic such as with losing wt., change in bowel habit, developing a new inguinal hernia over age 40 (increased intra abdominal pressure) and evidence of blood in stool one should get checked for colon cancer which is on the increase especially in younger people. Read more...

Can you get colon cancer from wall thickening?

Need colonoscopy. I think you mean that if a wall looks thickened on an imaging study it can mean that there is a process going on at that level. Inflamatory or neoplastic. You need a colonoscopy to be certain . Read more...
No. Causes of wall thickening are usually inflammation. Still, you should continue to be checked until the thickening disappears. Read more...

What foods can reduce the risk of colon cancer?

Vegaration diet. Vegetables, nuts, grains and fiber without red meat is the best diet to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Hunzicuts (in tibet) eat lots of apricots and almonds, and they have the lowest cancer rate in the world (but they also have no stress, no caffeine, no wine, no smoking etc). Non-processed, natural foods give you the best overall health. Go vegetarians! Read more...
Vegaration diet. Vegetables, nuts, grains and fiber without red meat is the best diet to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Hunzicuts (in tibet) eat lots of apricots and almonds, and they have the lowest cancer rate in the world (but they also have no stress, no caffeine, no wine, no smoking etc). Non-processed, natural foods give you the best overall health. Go vegetarians! Read more...
Basically none. Despite all the hype, the claims about roughage preventing colon cancer and meat causing it simply have not held up. Epidemiologic studies are so inconsistent that I think the correct answer is the one I've given you. If you're concerned, keep up good surveillance and catch any colon cancers early. Read more...

Are some people more likely to get colon cancer?

Yes. There are certain genetic abnormalities that make the development of colon cancer more likely. Read more...
Yes. Personal hx colon cancer or polyps or breast cancer, family history of colon/rectal cancer or polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and age over 50 are all factors that increase one's risk for development of colon cancer. If in doubt, check it out! Read more...

Do 13 year olds get colon cancer? If yes, how often?

Extremely rare. but possible 0.1 % colon cancer occurs in twenties , mostly due to genetic predisposition , 13 yr even rare Age is no exception for cancer. Read more...