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A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes colorectal cancer, and who is more likely at risk of developing it?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Multiple causes: There are multiple causes to colorectal cancer. It is a combination between genetics, and what your colon & rectum are exposed to over the course of many decades. Clearly the most at-risk patients are those with a strong family history and a documented history of gene mutations, namely something called fap and hnpcc. Take a look at some of my other posts on reducing your risk.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Can be genetiic: Can run in the family but there is an increased incidence with age. That is why a colonoscopy is advocated over the age of 50.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
See below: Family history of colon cancer, smoking, history of ulcerative colitis, history of colon polyps, diabetes, being african american are a few.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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