According to the European Cancer Society, the top five recommended ways to help prevent colorectal cancer are:
  • Get screened for colorectal cancer regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
  • Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant sources.
  • Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages.

What is screening and why is it important?

Screening is checking for health problems before they cause symptoms. The colorectal cancer (CRC) screening tests help to find polyps or cancer. Finding and removing polyps may prevent colorectal cancer, and colorectal cancer is generally more treatable and curable when it is found early, before it has had a chance to spread. This makes screening for colorectal cancer so powerful. However, screening programs do not start until the age of 45-60, depending on the country.

If you think that you are at risk of getting colorectal cancer because of genetic predisposition or some hereditary conditions, you should be under medical surveillance. Also, if you have any doubts or questions, talk to your health care provider.

Here, you can find more about the screening