The Nebraska Colon
Cancer Screening Program

helps men and women 50 years of
age and older make decisions
about colon cancer screening.
Services may include:
For free or low cost screening,
click here.

Colon Cancer Prevention

Did you know that you can stop this cancer before it starts?

Screening saves lives. Having regular screening tests beginning at age 50 could save your life. Colon cancers almost always develop from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests find polyps, so they can be removed before they change into cancer. Screening tests find colon cancer early, when treatment works best and the chance for a full recovery is very high.

The most effective way to reduce your risk of colon cancer is by having colon cancer screening tests beginning at age 50.

Here are seven steps to lowering your risk of colon cancer:

  1. Get regular colon cancer screening tests beginning at age 50.
  2. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains from breads, cereals, nuts, and beans.
  3. Eat a low-fat diet.
  4. Eat foods with folate such as leafy green vegetables. A daily multivitamin containing .4 mg of folic acid may also be helpful.
  5. If you use alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  6. If you use tobacco, quit. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.
  7. Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week. Moderate exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps may help reduce your risk.
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