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Colon Cancer Month: 10 Risk Factors of Colon Cancer
March 11, 2018
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon or Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common can diagnosed each year and ranked as the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women, according to a study. Colorectal cancer mainly affects older adults, but there is a rising incidence in people who are younger.
Colon cancer happens when tumorous growths develop in the large intestine but most colorectal cancers develop from polyps. Removal of colon polyps can aid in the prevention of colorectal cancer.
What are the cause of Colon Cancer?
Aging is the number one cause of colon cancer, 81 percent of cases occurring in people over the age of 45.
Several studies have now confirmed a link between diabetes (type I and type II) and the development of colon cancer. People with diabetes may be up to 40 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than people without the disease.
Alcohol is now considered one of the major risk factors, and the risk is directly linked to the amount of alcohol consumed.
4. Dietary Factors
It’s thought that high-fat foods can change normal cells into stem cells, which they have the potential to convert into tumors. A diet low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables is also associated with an increased risk.
African-American race have a greater risk of colon cancer than do people of other races. Asians are known to be at lower risk when compared to all other groups.
6. Family History of Colon Cancer
A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps. If you’ve already had colon cancer or adenomatous polyps, you have a greater risk of colon cancer in the future.
7. Inflammatory Intestinal Conditions.
Chronic inflammatory diseases of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, can increase your risk of colon cancer.
The link between colon cancer and obesity is strong. All told, people who are obese are over 30 percent more likely to develop this type of cancer than people of normal weight
We all know that cigarettes can cause damage to every organ system of the body. In terms of colon cancer, long-term smoking is associated the accelerated polyp growth as well the delivery of carcinogens to the mucosal tissues of the colon.
10. Sedentary Lifestyle
If you’re inactive, you’re more likely to develop colon cancer. Getting regular physical activity may reduce your risk of colon cancer.
People with an average risk of colon cancer can consider screening beginning at age 50. But people with an increased risk, such as those with a family history of colon cancer, should consider screening sooner.
Change lifestyle for the best, reduce alcohol intake and smoking and other habits mentioned above that may be a risk to your colon.
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