Six Risk Factors for Colon Cancer
In 2011 there will be an estimated 101,000 new colon cancer cases in the United States and 50,000 deaths from colon cancer. Certain lifestyle and genetic factors will increase a person's risk of developing colon cancer.
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Men have a slightely higher risk of developing colon cancer than women. The lifetime risk of developing cancer of the colon or rectum is 5.9 percent for men and 5.5 percent for women.