Know the Risks to Help Beat the Odds


Risk factors of colorectal cancer vary, but awareness, screening and healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce the chances of developing the disease. Some important factors to consider include:

  • iStock_000041790516_LargePolyps: Finding and removing polyps early in their formation can help prevent the growths from potentially becoming cancerous.
  • Family History: Immediate family members who have been diagnosed with colon cancer increase one’s chances of developing the disease. Screening for early detection is critical and may
  • Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis: These diseases cause chronic inflammation of the colon. Many years of this inflammation can sometimes lead to the development of cancerous cells in the colon or rectum.
  • Cigarettes and Alcohol: A person smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol regularly is at an increased risk for developing Colorectal Cancer.
  • Diet and Exercise: A high fat (particularly animal fat), low fiber diet can result in abnormal cell growth in the colon. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of maintaining a healthy colon, along with exercise. Physical activity and a healthy weight alone can help reduce cancer risk by up to 50 percent.