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)