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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.
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
- Select Specialities - 52 years experience
Many risk factors: There are many risk factors: increasing age with most cases being over 50. Adenomatous polyps are important risk factor as they can become malignant if not totally removed. Family history. Diets high in fat and low in fiber. Alcohol. Cigarette smoking. Being overweight. Diabetes. African-americdn race.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the factors that make it more likely to get colorectal cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Numerous: Diet high in red meat, processed and smoked foods, alcohol, smoking, family history colon cancer or polyps, personal history of polyps, colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease and age over 50.
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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
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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.
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