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Risk Factors for Cancer Screening - Colorectal Cancer Screening

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 low in fruits and vegetables, a low-fiber high-fat diet, being overweight or obese, alcohol consumption and tobacco use.

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Content updated: Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:24:06 MST