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What are the lifestyle risk factors for colorectal cancer?

Studies show that lifestyle factors can increase a person’s risk for colorectal cancer. People who eat a diet high in fat and red meat, but low in vegetables and fruits may be at an increased risk for colon cancer. Also, smoking, obesity and excessive alcohol intake may also put someone at a higher risk.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Average folks can be at higher risk for colorectal cancer, especially if they partake in some unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

Lifestyle risk factors for colorectal cancer:

  • diets high in fat or low in fiber, calcium, or both
  • obesity
  • physical inactivity
  • tobacco smoking
  • high alcohol intake

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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