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Risk Factors

The risk factors for colorectal cancer are:

  • Age: There is an increased risk of colorectal cancer with age. Most colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in patients above 50 years of age.
  • Gender: Men are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to women.
  • Underlying medical conditions: Several underlying medical conditions increase the risk of colorectal cancer. These are inflammatory bowel disease, Lynch syndrome, Turcot syndrome, adenomatous polyps, and juvenile polyposis syndrome.
  • Family history: Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk of developing this condition, especially when colorectal cancer in a family member is diagnosed before the age of 60.
  • Poor lifestyle: People with an unhealthy lifestyle, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity are at increased risk for developing colorectal cancer.
  • Diet: People eating a significant amount of processed and red meat are more likely to get colorectal cancer.
  • Presence of other cancers: If any cancer, especially ovarian or uterine cancer, is diagnosed, the person is at increased risk for colorectal cancer.

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