Regular exercise...30 minutes per day maintain a healthy weight reduce red meat consumption; increase veggies and fruit drink orange juice don't smoke and don't hang out in smoky places (the smoke from one cigarette does spread throughout an entire room) consider an aspirin a day
Annual fecal occult blood test; see your MD if you have black tarry stools or bloody stools; also for a change in your usual bowel movements such as constipation or diarrhea; or pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen; sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to check for pre-cancerous polyps or tumor; barium enema; proctoscope or digital exam for rectal cancer.
According to the February 26th, 2,000 Lancet, the Pituitary Tumor Promoting Gene or PTTGI is an excellent predictor of how far colon cancer had spread, thus it helps identify patients who need the most aggressive cancer treatments. Samples from polyps or the tumor, and how much of the gene was present will help you make your treatment choice.
Colon and rectal cancer KILLS more than 50,000 Americans each year, making it the second biggest cancer killer, usually of people over 50 years old.