Risk Factors: What causes colon cancer?

There is no one factor that leads to colon cancer, but certain factors may increase your risk:

  • 50 years old or older
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Certain genetic alterations
  • A diet rich in fat and red meat
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes, obesity, and lack of exercise

Even if you do not have these risk factors, it's important to talk to your doctor and get screened regularly. Visit www.BeSeenGetScreened.com to learn about screening options.

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