9 Causes of Colon Cancer
Memorial Hizmet Hospital General Surgery Department, Op. Dr. Tolga Aliyazıcıoğlu listed the causes that increase the risk of colon cancer.
- Age: The incidence of colon cancer, which can also be seen in younger ages, increases with age, especially since the age of 50.
- Nutrition: Low vegetative fiber and high-fat diet increase the risk of colon cancer.
- Previously known colon polyps: Patients who have previously undergone colonoscopy for colon polyp should definitely be checked at regular intervals.
- Inflammatory bowel disease: patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.
- Genetic factors: People with colon cancer in parents, siblings or children are at increased risk for colon cancer.
- Sedentary life: Living far away from physical activity increases the risk of cancer.
- Exposure to radiation: The risk is higher in patients receiving pelvic radiotherapy due to another disease (prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and vaginal cancer).
- Smoking and alcohol use: Cigarette and alcohol, which cause many illnesses, also trigger colon cancer.
- Obesity: Excess weight, which is one of the most important health problems of our age, can cause colon cancer as well as all types of cancer.
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