Frequent cancer screening, preventive surgery and aspirin are options for reducing the risk of cancer in people with Lynch syndrome.

Taking care of yourself through diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes can help improve your overall health.

Take control of your health by trying to:

  • Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables for your diet. Also, select whole-grain products when possible.
  • Exercise regularly. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you haven't been active, talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program. Try gentle exercises like walking or biking to get started.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, talk with your doctor about your options. Eating fewer calories and increasing the amount of exercise you do can help you lose weight. Aim to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk of several types of cancer and other health conditions. Some evidence indicates smoking may increase the risk of colon cancer in people with Lynch syndrome.

    If you smoke, stop. Your doctor can recommend strategies to help you quit. You have many options, such as nicotine replacement products, medications and support groups. If you don't smoke, don't start.

March 13, 2015