Western risk factors
There are several risk factors linked to an increase in colorectal cancer cases.
Here we will describe those associated with a more westernized lifestyle
- Unbalanced diet – with more or fewer nutrients than those necessary for the body (e.g., rich in red meat and fat, poor in vegetables and fruit)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Lack of physical exercise
It is important to note that each of these factors has only a very limited influence on the risk of colorectal cancer.
However, together and through time, the effects add up, increasing the chance of disease.
The crucial positive point is that:
- These are all factors that can be modified, as they are associated with lifestyles and choices that can be changed to reduce the chance of disease in the future.