Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

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Colon Cancer
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Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum, a physician with more than three decades of experience, practices hematology and oncology at Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) in New Jersey. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum is involved in research studies on medications for conditions such as colorectal cancers.

Colon cancer forms when polyps, or growths, develop in the inner lining of the colon and become cancerous. The reason these polyps become cancerous is unclear.

Although scientists don’t know a specific cause of colon cancer, they are aware of several risk factors that make some people more likely to develop the condition. One risk factor is genetics.

Another risk factor for colon cancer is diet. Typical Western diets that are low in fiber and high in fat have been linked to a higher risk of the disease.

African Americans have a higher risk of colon cancer, as do people over the age of 50 and people with inflammatory intestinal conditions, such as Crohn’s disease. Being overweight, having type 2 diabetes, and having a personal history of colonic polyps are also risk factors