It is important to reach adults who are 50 years and older and increase their knowledge of colorectal cancer as well as their awareness of the importance for regular testing. Reminders about when to screen, in addition to relieving social stigma around colorectal cancer and screening can increase the amount of at-risk adults who follow screening guidelines. Providing access to screening especially benefits the at-risk community in medically underserved areas and populations. Promoting active living and healthy eating habits with educational programs can help reduce risky behaviors that lead to cancer. Intervention MICA provides examples of colorectal cancer intervention strategies as well as tools and resources to prevent and detect colorectal cancer.
Healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as good nutrition, being physically active and not using tobacco or alcohol in large quantities, decrease the risk of developing colorectal cancer. For more information on interventions addressing these health topics, please visit Nutrition, Physical Activity and Tobacco.
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