How Can I Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, you can take important steps to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer when you:

  • Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  • Substitute chicken and fish for red meat
  • Get regular exercise at least 30 minutes every day
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Have a screening colonoscopy starting at age 50

How Can I Prevent Esophageal Cancer?

You can take important steps to reduce your risk of esophageal cancer when you:

  • Avoid smoking tobacco
  • Avoid heavy use of alcohol
  • Avoid consistent exposure to hot liquids or foods
  • Avoid poor oral hygiene
  • Avoid foods processed with nitrosamines (chemical product found in foods such as beer, fish, meat and cheese preserved with nitrite pickling salt)
  • Avoid contracting human papilloma virus (cogenital warts) infection, it has been recognized as a contributing factor
  • Have a esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) screening, for patients age of 40 with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms for a number of years
  • Report to your primary physicians, when there is difficulty or pain upon swallowing

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