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Colon Cancer Risk Factors

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CancerBro, can you please discuss the colon cancer risk factors in detail?

Prevalence of colon cancer is more in developed countries, more so in the obese population.

And migration to the developed countries also increases the risk of the disease.

But for the past few years, the incidence of colon cancer is decreasing in USA and Canada, whereas it is increasing in China and Japan.

Moreover, it’s incidence in the population more than 50 years of age is going down, whereas, it is increasing in young population less than 50 years of age.

A diet that is rich in red meat and fats, and poor in fruits and vegetables, may also increase the risk of colon cancer.

Packaged or processed meat may also increase the risk of the disease.

Smoking is also a colon cancer risk factors for the disease, and the risk increases with the duration and intensity of smoking.

Regular and heavy alcohol consumption also increases the risk of colon cancer.

Fresh fruits and vegetables should be consumed regularly to decrease the risk of the disease.

Regular physical activity may also help in reducing the risk of the disease.

Intake of NSAIDs and calcium has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

A history of colon cancer in close relatives, especially at a young age, also increase the risk in other family members.

So these were the colon cancer risk factors.

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