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Can stage IV colon cancer be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Screening for colon cancer after the age of 50 is one of the best ways to prevent stage IV colon cancer, or at least catch it early when it is most treatable. If you are in a high-risk group, your doctor may recommend that you begin screening earlier in life or get screened more often. You can also lower your risk of stage IV colon cancer by leading a healthy lifestyle devoid of the high-risk factors that may lead to colon cancer, such as smoking, drinking, obesity, a high-fat diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. There are other preventative treatments that your doctor may recommend, including aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), COX-2 inhibitors, or surgery.

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