What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is a cancer involving the large bowel. This is a common condition which can affect approximately 5% of the Australian population.
As with many medical conditions, colorectal cancer has multiple causes. These causes include genetic factors, as well as environmental factors.
If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, your risk is higher. This is especially the case if there are multiple relatives affected, or if a relative developed the cancer when they were younger than 50 years of age.
Certain factors in your environment can also affect your risk. These aspects include a low-fibre diet that is high in animal fats, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.