Colorectal Cancer – Risk Factors That You Can Change

Here’s the list of risk factors associated with colorectal cancer that you can change, but also there are many other factors that you can’t control.

Risk Factors Associated With Colorectal Cancer

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  • Overweight
    Men have a slightly higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than women. Being overweight or obese, and in general, having a large waistline increases the risk of developing colorectal cancer and dying from it in both men and women. Men seem to be more susceptible to this link.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol use is increasing your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption is linked to various health issues, including other types of cancer. If you are a frequent alcohol user, try and limit your drinks to 1 per day, if you are a woman, or 2 per day, if you are a man.
  • Night Shift
    The risk for colorectal cancer increases with shift work duration. When working in shifts for a long time, you also swift your biological clock and sleep cycle. Researchers have found that circadian rhythm disturbances increase the rate of gastrointestinal problems and the risk of developing certain cancers. Suppression of melatonin at night, as well as, other metabolic imbalances, are strongly linked with the development of various types of cancers.
  • Physical Inactivity
    Inactive people are more likely to develop colon cancer than those who exercise regularly and weekly. Physical exercise promotes wellness and fitness. Even the mildest increase in your weekly exercise plan would decrease your risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer.
  • Diet
    Diets that are high in red and processed meats raise your risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer. Beef, pork, lamb, and hot dogs are some examples of red and processed meat you should avoid over-consuming. The method you cook your meats is also important. High temperatures release harmful chemicals that might raise your risk of colorectal cancer. It is not clear whether other kinds of dietary products, such as lipid-rich foods, are potentially dangerous.
  • Smoking
    Smokers have a higher risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer, in comparison to non-smokers. Smoking is a well-known risk factor not only for colorectal cancer but for lung cancer too. Scientists consider tobacco smoking a harmful habit that poses a great danger for other diseases as well. Getting help to quit smoking is necessary.