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Colon Cancer

Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

A risk factor is a condition or behavior that can increase the chances for getting a disease or serious medical disorder. Risk factors which increase a person's chances of getting colorectal cancer include:

There has been conflicting data regarding dietary factors that decrease the rate of colorectal cancer, but studies suggest that a diet that is low in animal fat and high in fiber may decrease the risk.

The patient's first degree family members (parents, brothers, sisters, and children) should be made aware of the patient's colorectal cancer diagnosis and those individuals should tell their physician in order to ensure appropriate colorectal cancer screening in hopes of preventing colorectal cancer in that person.

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Last Reviewed: Feb 27, 2013

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University