Screening for colorectal cancer can save your life.

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer



The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.  Other risk factors include having:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease.

  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps.

  • A genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).


Lifestyle factors that may contribute to increased risk of colorectal cancer include:

  • Lack of regular physical activity.

  • Low fruit and vegetable intake.

  • A low-fiber and high-fat diet.

  • Overweight and obesity.
  • Alcohol consumption.

  • Tobacco use.




Don't wait for symptoms to occur. Your doctor will tell you whether a simple at-home test or a colonoscopy is appropriate. Both are fully or partially covered by most medical insurance plans.