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Hi I'm Dr. Bob Lahita, Chairman of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I'm here to talk to you today about how to prevent colon cancer.Well, if I knew how to really prevent colon cancer it would not be so easy to tell you. But there are definite things we can do to prevent the development of colon cancer. Some of these are quite easy. One of these is to have a good diet of roughage. By roughage I mean whole wheat, whole grain cereals. You can go to the supermarket and buy them and the good news is, they're rich in fiber and the fiber, according to the experts, helps to prevent the development of the colon cancer and polyps.The best way, I should tell you, to prevent colon cancer is to get colonoscopy and the colonoscopy is a flexible scope that is put into the anus and goes up into the bowel with a light on the end of it that a gastro-enterologist can look at. He can look at the bowel itself and see if you have polyps and see whether those polyps are big, bleeding, secreting, have stalks, don't have stalks, etc.Another way to prevent colon cancer is to take vitamins like folic acid. We know that folic acid and other minerals like calcium do have an anti-tumor effect in the bowel.And finally one of the best protectors of the bowel is a baby aspirin everyday. Now the baby aspirin deserves some comment: the baby aspirin, or acetocelocylic acid, in low doses - that's 81mg which you can chew or swallow in the morning - has a definite anti-tumor effect. The exact mechanism is not really known, but many of us take a baby aspirin everyday to prevent our blood from clotting prematurely and it is a good treatment for stroke, and in the case of an acute heart attack, a regular dose of aspirin is standard therapy today. But, as I said taking a baby aspirin everyday has been shown to help prevent colon cancer.For more information about this topic, go to About.com.
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