Colorectal cancer risk factors
A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, can’t be changed.
But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you will get the disease. And some people who get the disease may not have any known risk factors.
Researchers have found several risk factors that might increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
One of the healthiest choices a smoker can make is to quit smoking in order to decrease risk factors for colorectal cancer.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 901-222-9274 to get more information on quitting tobacco.