What increases my risk for stage III colon cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A variety of lifestyle and heredity factors can increase your risk for stage III colon cancer. Older age; a high-fat, low-fiber diet; a lack of exercise; being obese; smoking; and drinking can all possibly increase your risk. In addition, a family history of colon cancer or polyps or a family history of certain genetic diseases such as Lynch syndrome can raise your risk. If you are diabetic, have an inflammatory intestinal disease, have had colon cancer or polyps previously, or had radiation therapy for previous cancers, your risk can also be raised. Lastly, stage III colon cancer risk is highest for African Americans.

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