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First, the scary news: Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Now, the good news: You can reduce your risk. Here's how, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Bust a move. Exercise can cut your chances of getting colon cancer. Whether it's walking, gardening or taking the stairs, make some time to move it.
Watch your weight. Being overweight is a risk factor for colon cancer, so it's important to keep an eye on the scale. Battling a sweet tooth? Indulge just twice a week—and keep the portions small. A slave to snacking? Have healthy options handy at all times. Think yogurt, dried fruit and pretzels.
Fit in some fiber. Every 10 grams of fiber consumed each day (that's about a cup of beans) reduces your risk by 10 percent.
Rein in red meat consumption. Same goes for processed meats, such as hot dogs, bacon and deli meat. Start small by swapping your usual pastrami on rye for grilled chicken on wheat.
Keep cocktails in check. If you drink, keep it to two alcoholic beverages per day if you're a man and one if you're a woman.
Gobble up garlic. Research indicates that a diet high in this herb can cut your risk of colon cancer. Add it to soups, pasta dishes and omelets.