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What causes bowel cancer?

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In brief: Causes of bowel cancer

The causes of bowel cancer aren't fully understood at present.
One of the main factors is increasing age.

Your risk of bowel cancer also increases if you have:


• a family history of bowel cancer
• one of two inherited bowel conditions that increase your risk - familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome
• a long-term bowel condition, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
• a diet that is low in fibre and fruit and vegetables and high in red and processed meats
• an inactive lifestyle, or are obese
diabetes

In brief: Causes of bowel cancer

The causes of bowel cancer aren't fully understood at present.
One of the main factors is increasing age.

Your risk of bowel cancer also increases if you have:


• a family history of bowel cancer
• one of two inherited bowel conditions that increase your risk - familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome
• a long-term bowel condition, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
• a diet that is low in fibre and fruit and vegetables and high in red and processed meats
• an inactive lifestyle, or are obese
diabetes
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