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More About Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

A risk factor is anything that increases your chance for getting cancer. Your personal risk factors like family history, lifestyle and ethnicity will determine when you should start screening.

 

What are Personal Risk Factors?

  • You or a close member of your family (parent, sibling, child) has had colorectal cancer. Your risk is higher when two or more family members have had colorectal cancer. It is also higher if one or more of your family members has colorectal cancer and is less than age 50.
  • You have a history of benign polyps in the colon or rectum or related cancers, or have other bowel disease like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic ulcerative colitis (CUC), or Crohn’s disease.
  • You have a history of benign polyps in the colon or rectum or related cancers, or have other bowel disease like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic ulcerative colitis (CUC), or Crohn’s disease.
  • You have inherited diseases like Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer) or FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis)
  • You have other inherited diseases include Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome, MYH-Associated Polyposis (MAP), Gardner’s syndrome, Turcot’s (or Crail’s) syndrome, Cowden’s syndrome, Juvenile Polyposis, Cronkhite-Canada syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, or Familial Hyperplastic Polyposis.

 

To learn more about CRC, please talk to your personal healthcare provider or visit any of these websites for more information.

 

American Cancer Society
cancer.org

Europacolon
europacolon.com

Global Colon Cancer Association
globalcca.org

European Cancer Organisation
ecco-org.eu

Colon Cancer Alliance
ccalliance.org

Fight Colorectal Cancer
fightCRC.org