Health Tip: Do You Have Risk Factors for Colon Cancer? «

    Health Tip: Do You Have Risk Factors for Colon Cancer?

    (HealthDay News) — Although the exact cause of colon cancer isn’t understood, scientists have figured out certain factors that increase a person’s risk of developing the disease. The National Cancer Institute mentions these risk factors for colon cancer: Being 50 or older. Having colorectal polyps — typically non-cancerous growths that develop on the colon’s inner wall. Having other people in your family who have had colorectal cancer, or having had cancer yourself. Having certain genetic abnormalities. Being a smoker. Eating a high-fat diet. Having Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.


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