There are two types of risk factors: modifiable and non-modifiable. Modifiable risk factors are changeable characteristics. These are behaviors or traits that you can change. Common modifiable risk factors include:
- alcohol consumption.
Non-modifiable risk factors are characteristics you have no control over. Common non-modifiable risk factors include:
- personal or family history.
The following risk factors are most commonly associated with colorectal cancer diagnosis:
- Older than 50 years of age
- African American race
- Previous colorectal cancer diagnosis
- Inflammatory intestinal conditions, such as Crohn’s Disease and/or ulcerative colitis
- Genetic predisposition to colon cancer
- Diets low in fiber and high in fat
- Physical Inactivity