Reducing Risk of Colon Cancer

Many factors are considered risks for colon cancer, including sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and the foods we eat. Dr. Kim explains some steps to take in order to reduce risk of colon cancer.

George P. Kim, MD: There are some approaches and lifestyle changes that can affect your risk for colon cancer. Certainly if you’re a smoker, as we discussed, tobacco can unfortunately raise your risk; stopping smoking will be helpful. Obesity, sedentary lifestyle, the types of foods that you eat, also can lower or affect your risk for colon cancer. One remedy, or drug that we have studied, is aspirin — non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. We know that patients that have to take these medications on a daily basis, one benefit is that they lower their risk of colon cancer. We’ve also studied that patients who have had colon cancer, get chemotherapy, and then are followed, if they take aspirin they lower their risk of the cancer coming back. So in general it’s recommended, or reasonable, to take aspirin, 81mg every day or 325mg two or three times a week to affect the risk of colon cancer development.

George P. Kim, MD is an Assistant Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is a consultant in the Department of Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

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