What are the lifestyle risk factors for colorectal cancer?

Penn Medicine

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.

Anthony N. Kalloo, MD

Lifestyle factors that may increase your risk of colorectal cancer include being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, or using tobacco and alcohol. A diet that is high in fat and low in fiber and/or fruit and vegetables may also contribute to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

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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