There is really no way to know for sure if you're going to get colorectal cancer. Certain factors can make you more likely to get colorectal cancer than another person. These are called risk factors. However, just having one or more risk factors does not mean you will get cancer. In fact, you can have many risk factors and still not get colorectal cancer, or you can have no known risk factors and still get it.Learn more about the risks of colorectal cancer ›
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People with colorectal cancer often do not have symptoms until the cancer gets large. That means a cure may not be possible. That's why routine screening is important. Learn More ›
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What can you do if any of the risks for colorectal cancer apply to you? The best thing you can do is to make changes in your life that will help you control as many of the risks as you can. Here are some choices you can make that may help.
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. Regular moderate exercise, such as fast walking and climbing stairs, will lower your risk. Intense physical activity, such as running or aerobics, for longer periods of time may provide even more protection. This is true even if you start exercising later in life. Here are some ways doctors think exercise helps protect you:Learn more what to do about your risks ›
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