Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. for men and women. Excluding skin cancers, it is the 3rd most diagnosed cancer in the nation. Risk factors affect one’s chance of getting cancer. Below are risk factors for colorectal cancer to watch:
- Unhealthy weight: Studies have linked unhealthy weight to higher chances of developing colorectal cancer in men and women, though the link seems to be stronger in men.
- Lack of physical activity
- Heavy drinking
- Unhealthy diet: Especially if the diet is high in processed meats
- Older age
- History of inflammatory bowel disease
- Family history of colorectal cancer
Some of these factors can be managed/changed, others not so much. Having one or more risk factors does not mean one will develop colorectal cancer, but it does mean one should be more watchful for signs of trouble.