What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer? An overview

Paul Rozen, Stephen J. Spann, Graeme P. Young, Bernard Levin

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The main environmental culprit was identified as being the Western lifestyle and diet; however, in addition, it was clear that irrespective of diet certain families were at risk for colorectal cancer. These two major etiologies of colorectal cancer, acquired and inherited, are discussed more fully in Chapters 4 and 6 of this book and their references. This chapter will therefore be a synopsis of recognized risk factors and their relative contributions to the overall occurrence of colorectal cancer (Table 2.1). For simplicity, in this chapter, colon and rectum, cancer and adenomatous polyps, are considered as one entity, although there are slight differences in epidemiology for each of them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationColorectal Cancer in Clinical Practice
Subtitle of host publicationPrevention, Early Detection and Management
EditorsPaul Rozen, Graeme P. Young, Bernard Levin, Stephen J. Spann
Place of PublicationBoca Raton. FL.
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781482207781
ISBN (Print)9781138455399
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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