Preventing Polyps

Although there is no sure way to prevent colon polyps, there are some steps that may lower the risk of developing them.

Those steps include:

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Eating less fatty foods
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Exercising most days of the week
  • Losing weight if overweight

A diet high in calcium can also lower the risk of developing polyps. Some foods that are rich in calcium are milk, cheese, yogurt, and broccoli.

Some recent studies have suggested that taking a low dose of aspirin everyday may help reduce the risk of developing polyps. Of course, discuss this and any new medications or strategies with your provider before starting them.

It’s important to note that using strategies to prevent polyps is not an effective substitute for colon cancer screening such as colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy with fecal blood testing. Discuss with your provider the current recommendations for screening based on your age and personal condition.