No home treatment is done for colon polyps. See the Treatment Overview section of this topic for more information.
But you can take action that may prevent colon polyps from developing:
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Quit smoking.
- Use alcohol in moderation. Moderate alcohol use usually is defined as 1 Reference alcoholic beverage Opens New Window a day for women and 2 for men.
Experts are not yet certain that these approaches prevent colon polyps or colorectal cancer.
These self-care methods should not be a substitute for regular colorectal screening, especially if you are older than 50 or are at Reference increased risk for colon polyps or colon cancer. While these approaches may decrease your risk for colon polyps, they will not prevent you from ever having colon polyps.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 27, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology