What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

Several things. Family history of colon or rectal cancer is probably the biggest risk factor. A history of polyps also increases your risk. There is some data that show that poor diet, smoking, and constipation may increase risk, but this is still arguable. To decrease your risk, particularly if you have a family history, get screened regularly and follow up on any rectal bleeding. Don't ignore rectal bleeding.

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Are males or females more at risk of developing colo-rectal cancer?

Equal. There are no added risks between males or females to have colon-rectal cancer. There are some familial inherited risks. Read more...
Equal. The incidence of colon and rectal cancer is almost exactly equal between men and women. Read more...
Males at more risk. Males has slightly higher incidence 54.Per 100, 000 in male 40.2 per 100, 000 in female, death rate 20 vs 14 in female. Read more...

Male 50 robot prostectomy 1/20213:i have recently observed blood, clots and mucous in bm. Am I at risk for rectal cancer? Colonscopy will be sched asap

Recommend GI eval. Assuming you have had no radiation treatments related to treatment of your prostate cancer, the bleeding in your stool is unrelated to your prostate cancer and related to some underlying GI problem: polyp, cancer, colitis, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, etc. Agree with colonoscopy as next step. Read more...