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Fast Facts: What Are the Causes of Colorectal Cancer?

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Cancer occurs when a genetic mutation causes cells in the body to reproduce in a rapid, disorderly and dangerous manner. The precise cause of this mutation is unclear, but it appears to result from a combination of individual and environmental risk factors. Risk factors for colorectal cancer include:

  • Increasing age
  • Polyps in the colon or rectum or a history of these polyps, especially an inherited condition called familial polyposis
  • Breast, endometrial or ovarian cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Inherited syndromes such as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (Lynch syndrome), Turcot syndrome or Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
  • A close relative (mother, father or sibling) diagnosed with colorectal cancer before age 60
  • Dietary factors, such as eating red and processed meats
  • Obesity and inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • African American or Eastern European Jewish ethnicity 

 

 

Posted in Colon Cancer on March 20, 2016


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