Bowel Cancer risk factors

The most significant risk factors for bowel cancer are:

  • you’re over 50.
  • you smoke.
  • you’re overweight.
  • a close relative has had bowel cancer.
  • you have inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • you have small growths in your bowel called bowel polyps.

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