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

Posted Apr 15 2011 1:00pm

These can increase your chances of developing the disease

(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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