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What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 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.
Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice 51 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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What are some of the risk factors for getting Colorectal cancer?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Colorectal cancer include:: Acromegaly, Inflammatory bowel disease, Obesity.
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 42 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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I should do to reduce my risk for colorectal cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Yes: Everybody age 50 years or older should have a screening colonoscopy. Next, find out your own family history of colorectal cancer. Depending who is affected, you may need to get a colonoscopy before age 50. Finally, if you are having any change in your bowel habits, or blood in your stools, you may need a thorough medical examination with your doctor for colorectal cancer.
A 36-year-old member asked:

My father was having colorectal cancer & he died because of it. Am i also at risk?

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Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 26 years experience
Possibly: There are some forms that are more hereditary but you should probably get your first colonoscopy at 40 unless he had it really young.
A 44-year-old member asked:

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

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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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