A new report by the American Cancer Society shows death rates for colon cancer are down more than 30%, but colorectal cancer remains America’s third most common cancer.
Some studies have found that people who take multi-vitamins containing folic acid, vitamin D, or calcium may lower colorectal cancer risk. Taking aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but these drugs can cause stomach ulcers and other side effects. This is why taking NSAIDs specifically for this purpose is not recommended for people at average colorectal cancer risk.
A diet high in fiber, fruit, vegetables, eating fresh fish and avoiding red meat may lower your odds of colorectal cancer by 12%, reports a recent review of more than 40 studies. Being overweight or obese raises the risk, especially in men.