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Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

There is really no way to know for sure if you're going to get colorectal cancer. Certain factors can make you more likely to get colorectal cancer than another person. These are called risk factors. However, just having one or more risk factors does not mean you will get cancer. In fact, you can have many risk factors and still not get colorectal cancer, or you can have no known risk factors and still get it.

See if any of the following statements in bold type apply to you. If any do, you may be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer. Some risk factors, such as having a family history of cancer or getting older, are out of your control. But some risk factors--what you eat, how much you weigh, whether you smoke, how much you drink, and how often you exercise--are factors you can control.
Every time you agree with one of the following statements, ask yourself this. "Am I doing all I can to control that risk factor?" Controlling it may seem hard, but your efforts can pay off in terms of your health and quality of life. Ask your doctors and your loved ones to help you think of ways you can lower your risk for colorectal cancer.


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