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What increases my risk for stage 0 rectal cancer?

Your risk for rectal cancer can stem from genetics or a previous medical condition. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can put you at a higher risk for rectal cancer, so be sure to go through rectal cancer screenings recommended by your doctor. A tendency to develop polyps leading to rectal cancer can run in families, so tell your doctor if a family member has had either polyps, rectal cancer, or another cancer of the digestive tract. Some environmental factors can increase the risk of rectal cancer, too, such as eating too much fat and not enough fiber, smoking, or drinking too much alcohol. Being African American, obese, diabetic, sedentary, or over 50 also increases your risk, as does having been treated with radiation therapy in the past.

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