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Colorectal Cancer Causes and Risk Factors

Direct colorectal cancer causes are currently unknown. However, there are known risk factors that do correlate to an increased occurrence of cancer:

  • The presence of polyps, or precancerous growths that can become cancerous
  • Chronic intestinal inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease
  • A diet high in red and processed meats, as well as fatty foods
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Previous radiation treatments for another cancer
  • A family history of colorectal cancer

Although everyone is encouraged to receive regular colorectal cancer screenings starting at the age of 50, people with certain risk factors (particularly those who have chronic intestinal conditions and those who have a family history of intestinal cancers) may be advised to have screenings performed at a younger age.

No matter what the causes may be, colorectal cancer can be addressed in a comprehensive manner by the experienced team at Tampa General Hospital. As one of west central Florida’s leaders in colorectal cancer treatment, we have the medical resources necessary to carefully evaluate and thoroughly treat precancerous polyps and cancerous tumors of the bowels. In addition to offering a full range of screening tests, we can perform surgery for our patients, including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotically assisted techniques that produce better results than traditional approaches.

For a physician referral or to schedule an appointment, please call (813) 844-2200.