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12 Everyday Habits That Can Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Reader's Digest Logo By Reader's Digest Editors of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: A study of nearly 260,000 colon cancer patients found that about 15 percent were younger than 50, the age that screening tests are typically first recommended for people at normal risk. Younger patients were more likely to be found to have advanced cancer. Colon cancer rates are rising as much as 2 percent yearly in younger adults (but declining in older adults). Physical inactivity and obesity are possible causes. If you have colon cancer risk factors (such as a family history), discuss with your doctor whether you should start screening before age 50. Follow these healthy lifestyle tips to prevent colon cancer, and never ignore these silent symptoms of colon cancer you might be missing.

Colon cancer is striking at younger ages

A study of nearly 260,000 colon cancer patients found that about 15 percent were younger than 50, the age that screening tests are typically first recommended for people at normal risk. Younger patients were more likely to be found to have advanced cancer. Colon cancer rates are rising as much as 2 percent yearly in younger adults (but declining in older adults). Physical inactivity and obesity are possible causes. If you have colon cancer risk factors (such as a family history), discuss with your doctor whether you should start screening before age 50. Follow these healthy lifestyle tips to prevent colon cancer, and never ignore these silent symptoms of colon cancer you might be missing.
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