What are the causes of colon cancer?

Combination . Environmental and genetic factors can increase the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. 70% of cases are sporadic cases, only about 10% is a true inherited cancer and approximately 25% is familial type. Some risk factors include- inflammatory bowel disease, dietary habit ( processed red meat), dm, alcohol, growth hormone, obesity, cigarette, immunosupressant , age, etc.
Depends. 20% are genetically caused, the remainder being environmentally caused by some as yet unknown combination of exposures to various agents. The person who finds the actual answer will no doubt be on a south pacific island relaxing after having won the nobel prize. We just don't know in every case.

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What are the symptoms for colon cancer? What are the causes colon cancer?

Rectal bleeding is c. Colon cancer can be entirely silent disease, producing little or no symptoms when early and localized to the bowel. So screening with colonoscopy in asymptomatic subjects is advised to look for polyps which are precursors of colon cancer. Rectal bleeding and abdominal pain can be symptoms of this cancer but they are often not early symptoms. The cause of colon cancer is not known. Read more...

What is a carcinogen tha may cause colon cancer?

Red meat. A diet low in vegetables and high in red meat, increases colon cancer risk. Your mom was right; eat your broccoli! Read more...
Not known. The nature of carcinogen(s) that cause colon cancer is not known. Incidence of colon cancer is higher with increased intake of fats and low intake of dietary fiber. Read more...

Can anyone tell me what causes colon cancer besides obesity?

Colon ca risk. Diet (fat, etc), alcohol/smoking (weak), ethnicity (aaf has highest risk), gender (man> woman), history of polyps, ibd, high risk genetic syndromes. Others, abdominal radiation, certain bacterial infection such as streptococcus bovis, etc. Read more...