Risk Factors for Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer.txt
Risk Factors for Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer

The largest study ever on young-onset colorectal cancer shows that 
the following are associated with increase risk for colon cancer: 

 Family history of colorectal cancer,
 taking more than two alcoholic drinks per day, and 
 eating processed meat. 

Eating vegetables, fruit, and fish is associated with decreased 
colon cancer risk (Cancer Causes Control, Decemeber 2012).

An earlier study showed that the following are associated with 
increased colon and rectal cancer risk: family history of colon 
cancer, having diabetes or gallstones, and eating the following 
foods: red meat, canned meat, cheese, butter and refined 
carbohydrates such as pastries or pastas (Br J Cancer, 1997;
75(9):1381-4). This study showed that reduced risk of colon cancer 
is associated with eating poultry, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and 
lots of fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C or 
beta-carotene.