What Increases My Risk for Colon Cancer?

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So, there are several factors that actually increase your risk for colon cancer, most common one is age. The next come family history, then if you have any underlying inflammatory bowel disease that also puts you at increased risk for colon cancer, and people who have polyp actually can reduce their risk of colon cancer by having those colonoscopies and having those polyps removed.

Colon cancer has the same risk in both men and women, and it's important for people to get their colonoscopies at the age of 50. Now there are certain populations such as African-Americans that should actually get their colonoscopies at age 45 because studies have shown that this population of patients actually get colon cancer at a younger age.