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Risk Factors for Cancer Deaths - Colorectal Cancer

Risk Factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risk factors for colorectal cancer include: older age (>50 years); having inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis; personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps; genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome). Lifestyle factors that may also contribute to an increased risk of colorectal cancer include: a lack of regular physical activity, a diet that's high in red and processed meats, being overweight or obese, heavy alcohol consumption and tobacco use.

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Content updated: Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:47:18 MST