Who are at Risk of Colorectal Cancer?
* Age. About 90% of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50. Colon cancer can occur in younger people, but it occurs much less frequently.
* Family history of colorectal cancer, or polyps in the colon - If you have a positive family history of colorectal cancer, you are more likely to develop this disease.
* Inflammatory bowel disease - A person who has a condition that causes inflammation of the colon such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease for many years is at an increased risk. Fortunately, these are not common in the Philippines.
* Personal history of cancer - A person who already had colorectal cancer may develop colorectal cancer a second time. Also, a woman with a history of cancer of the ovary, uterus, or breasts are at a somewhat higher risk of developing the disease.
* Diet - Colon cancer and rectal cancer maybe associated with diet low in fiber and high in fats, calories, red meat and processed foods.
* Sedentary lifestyle