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How to prevent colorectal cancer

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Simple strategies can help you avoid this common cancer.

Colorectal cancer prevention starts with getting colonoscopies once every 10 years (or more often, depending on your risks), but it shouldn't end there. You can do a lot more to lower your risk for this disease, which is the third most common cancer in both women and men. Here are a few easy cancer-prevention steps you can incorporate into each day.

Replace at least one serving of meat each week

"Red and processed meat has been the dietary factor most consistently linked to colon cancer," says Dr. Andrew Chan, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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