Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors
Studies cannot always predict who will get colorectal cancer and who will not. But one thing that studies do show is that there are ways to lower your risk of colorectal cancer. We hope that you will be an active participant and take charge of your health by lowering your risk factors and getting screened for colorectal cancer.
Here is a list of things you can do to lower your risk factors for colorectal cancer, courtesy of the National Cancer Institute:
Studies show that certain factors can make your risk of colorectal cancer higher and others can make it lower.
Factors that can lower your risk of colorectal cancer include:
- colorectal cancer screening
- regular use of aspirin and NSAID’s (which stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)
- maintaining a healthy weight
- regular, vigorous exercise (all activities that cause sweating and heavy breathing)
- a diet high in vegetables
- hormone replacement therapy use in women
Factors that can make your risk of colorectal cancer higher include:
- close relatives (parents, brothers, sisters, or children) who have had colorectal cancer
- history of colorectal polyps
- cigarette smoking
- inactive lifestyle