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Who’s At Risk For Colon Cancer?


Most cases of colon cancer occur in people aged 50 years or older. There’s also a higher risk group that includes people with personal or family histories of colon polyps or cancer.


Both inherited genetic and environmental factors play a role in developing colon cancer.


We’ve become extremely good at detecting and removing polyps before they can cause cancer, and this happens through a process called screening. If people at risk for developing colon cancer get screenings regularly, we can prevent many cases of colon cancer.


We can take on a number of healthy habits that can help prevent colon cancer from occurring in the first place. Maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and being physically active can help stave off the development of colon cancer.

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