Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Risk Factors

• Being 50 or older

• Personal history of polyps or previous CRC

• A history of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease & ulcerative cholitis (a condition where the bowel is inflamed over a long time)

• Family history of adenomatous polyps or CRC in a first degree relative (mother, father, sister, brother or child)

• Hereditary syndromes, including familial adenomatous (pre-cancerous) polyposis (FAP) in which one develops hundreds or thousands of polyps


CRC Prevention & Early Detection

The following may decrease your risk of CRC:

• Eating fruits & vegetables (5 a day or more)

• A diet low in processed meats and red meat & high in fiber & whole grains

• Getting physical activity most days of the week

• Regular colorectal screening

• Maintaining a healthy weight

• Limiting alcohol


–From the The Montana Cancer Control Programs (MCCP) website.