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How do other illness affect rectal cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Some other illnesses can cause rectal cancer. If you have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, discuss your risk for rectal cancer with your doctor. Other diseases that can increase your risk are diabetes, alcoholism, and adenomatous polyps (adenomas). Certain inherited illnesses can increase your risk of rectal cancer as well, such as familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.

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