(HealthDay News) -- Colon polyps are abnormal growths that form inside the colon. Often discovered during an exploratory procedure called a colonoscopy, these growths can be either benign or cancerous.
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The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says although there's no surefire way to prevent colon polyps, it offers these recommendations that may help reduce your risk:
- Cut back on fatty foods, and load up on vegetables and fruits.
- Don't smoke.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Exercise most days of the week.
- Lose excess weight.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium.
- Talk with your doctor about possibly taking a daily low-dose aspirin.
-- Diana Kohnle
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