Understanding Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer: Know Your Risk

When it comes to your risk of developing colorectal cancer, there are a slew of controllable and uncontrollable factors that come together to determine your risk of developing it.

Controllable Factors

Controllable risk factors can be reduced and minimized through positive changes in your everyday habits. When it comes to colorectal cancer, the following factors increase your risk of developing it.

Being Overweight or Obese

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are more likely to become overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancers. While this increased risk affects both sexes, this risk factor is stronger in men.

Smoking and Using Tobacco Products

Smoking and using tobacco products is the leading cause of preventable diseases, including colorectal cancer. People who smoke cigarettes or used to smoke are at a significantly higher risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to those who have never smoked.

Drinking Heavily

Moderate to heavy alcohol use is also linked to colorectal cancer. While many people believe that drinking in moderation shouldn’t affect your risk of developing colorectal cancer, even light drinking can be associated with an increased risk.

Uncontrollable Factors

Some factors are beyond your control that contribute to your risk of developing colorectal cancer during your lifetime. These factors include:

  • Being over the age of 50.
  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer.
  • A personal or family history of adenomatous polyps.
  • Having inflammatory bowel disease (IBS).
  • Having Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS).
  • Having MUTYH-associated polyposis (MAP).

Cancer Care in Ridgecrest, California

When it comes to cancer care, finding the right cancer care provider is a crucial decision following a diagnosis. At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we are proud to offer the RRH Cancer Center, with a board-certified team of oncologists serving those in Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas.


To learn more about our oncology services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).