Colon cancer and its causes

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Colon cancer is also called colorectal cancer as it starts in the colon (large intestine) or the rectum (end of colon) .There are other types of colon cancer as well, such as carcinoid tumors,lymphoma,melanoma and sarcomas, which are rare.In the following article only colon carcinoma is described and not any one of these rare types of colon cancer.

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What causes colon cancer?

The exact causes of colon cancer are unknown however; researchers have described some risk factors that may increase the chances and risk of development of colorectal cancer.

There are some factors that contribute to the development of colon cancer.

1. Alcohol

Research has pointed out the harmful effects of alcohol as it increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There is also an ambiguity that alcohol may lower the risk but all depends upon what kind of alcohol is in use.However, excess of everything is bad.

2. Age

Age does not cause cancer but, the reason to mention here is that one out of four people may develop polyps by the age of 50.It is important to have knowledge of symptoms of colon cancer and colon cancer screening process.

3. Diabetes

30-40% increased risk of developing colon cancer have been estimated in people with diabetes.

4. Smoking

Smoking is the main cause in developing many types of cancer which includes colon and lung cancer as well.

5. High fat diet

A diet rich in animal fat increases the risk of developing prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.

6. Obesity

Major factor contributing to the risk of developing colon cancer is being overweight. Lack of exercise is an additional factor that increases the risk of weight gain.

7. Polyps

Colorectal cancer develops from polyps which are extra tissue growths inside the body.

8. Personal medical history of colon cancer

If a person suffered from colon cancer before, he/she will be at risk of developing colon cancer again.

9. Family history of colon cancer

Apart from personal history of colon cancer, family history do matters as well and a person can be at risk if any of the family member ever passed through this complication.

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