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What increases the chances of developing bowel (colon) cancer?

Inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, smoking and alcohol all increase your chances of developing bowel (colon) cancer, as does having a family history of it, or some rare genetic diseases.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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