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Risk Factors

Factors that appear to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer are:

  • Eating a diet that includes meat with high animal fat content. 
  • Eating little fibre, fruits and vegetables. 
  • Have polyps on the bowel wall. Polyps may become cancerous over time, so removing them is an important way to prevent colorectal cancer. 
  • Age being more than 50 years old (men and women). 
  • Having a family history of the disease, as in having a close relative who has had colorectal cancer or other cancers such as uterine or stomach cancer. 
  • Having family history of polyposis or ulcerative colitis. 
  • Lack of physical activity.


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