Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, and according to Globocan 2020 estimates, there were approximately 1.9 million new diagnoses globally. Colorectal cancer is more prevalent in men, where over 1 million men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer vs. 866,000 women. Colorectal cancer incidence rates vary globally, and Japan and Portugal had the highest incidence of colorectal cancer, with the United States ranking #49.1
A few risk factors for cervical cancer include:2
- Age: Colorectal cancer is more common in people over the age of 50. Colorectal cancer is on the rise in those younger than 50, but the cause remains unclear.
- Race/Ethnicity: In the US, the highest rates of colorectal cancer are found in Blacks. Globally, the Ashkenazi Jewish population has one of the highest colorectal cancer risks of any other ethnic group.
- Being Overweight or Obese
- Physical Inactivity
- Certain Types of Diets: A diet high in red meat and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Moderate to Heavy Alcohol Use
- Family History
- Personal History of Colorectal Polyps or Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Inherited Gene Mutations
- Type 2 Diabetes
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