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Colon Cancer

Causes of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is caused by the exaggerated growth of the cells lining the intestine, which may form precancerous polyps that, over time, have the potential to become cancerous. There are a number of risk factors that may increase a person’s chances of developing colon cancer. These include: 
  • Patients over the age of 50 
  • Patients with a previous bout of colorectal cancer
  • Patients with a history of polyps
  • Patients with inflammatory bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Patients with a family history of colon cancer (an estimated 25 percent of colon cancer cases are linked to genetics)
  • Patients who are Jewish and of Eastern European descent
  • Patients with a high-fat diet
  • Patients who do not get enough exercise
  • Patients who are obese
  • Patients who smoke
  • Patients who drink too much alcohol
  • Patients who have diabetes
  • Men with testicular cancer or who have received radiation therapy for prostate cancer 

Locations for Colon Cancer