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Colorectal Cancer: Overview, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and More | Singapore General Hospital

Colorectal Cancer - How to prevent?

Colorectal Cancer - Causes and Risk Factors

Below is a summary of possible risk factors associated with colorectal cancer.

  • Age: The incidence of colorectal cancer increases for people of age 50 and above.
  • Family & personal history: The patient was previously diagnosed (and treated) colorectal polyps or cancer. Relatives of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and particularly in cases where genetic colorectal cancer syndromes have been diagnosed e.g. FAP or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC).
  • Diet: Patients on a diet low in fibre and/or high in fat are thought to develop colorectal cancer more easily than those who are not. Consumption of alcohol and tobacco smoking are also linked to increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease: This refers to a group of uncommon conditions (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) that cause chronic inflammation in the colon and/ or rectum. Such patients do have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Colorectal Cancer - Post-surgery care

Colorectal Cancer - Other Information

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