What risk factors are associated with Colorectal Cancer (CRC)?

The exact cause of CRC is not known; however, studies show a relationship between increased socio-economic development and diet (excess of saturated animal fat) with an increased incidence of CRC.  Other factors include:
  • Increasing age (over 60 years old)
  • Other diseases of the digestive tract, including ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Family history of CRC or other types of cancers
  • Diet (meat consumption) & lifestyle (smoking & alcohol consumption; physical inactivity)