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What are the known risk factors for colorectal cancer? No one knows the exact causes of colorectal cancer. Doctors can seldom explain why one person gets the disease and another does not. However, research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop colorectal cancer. Studies have found the following risk factors for colorectal cancer:
Colorectal polyps
Family history of colorectal cancer
Genetic alterations
Personal history of colorectal cancer
Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease
Cigarette smoking

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