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  1. Get regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50. If you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps, or a personal history of another cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, talk to your doctor about earlier screening.
  2. Eat between 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day from fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, nuts and beans.
  3. Eat a low-fat diet.
  4. Eat foods with folate such as leafy green vegetables.
  5. If you use alcohol, drink only in moderation. Alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers. If you use tobacco, quit. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.
  6. 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.

Colorectal cancer is preventable and often easy to treat and cure when found early. To learn about screening recommendations and to learn more about the disease, visit the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons website at

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your colorectal surgeon or other healthcare provider to learn more.

Together let’s flush colorectal cancer down the toilet!

Thiru V. Lakshman, MD
Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon

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