Colon cancer risk factors can help individuals determine their likelihood of developing colon cancer at some point during their lifetime. While it’s not possible to conclusively predict whether a specific person will develop the condition, people who have one or more of these traits should consider regular screenings, perhaps at more frequent intervals than individuals without any of the known risk factors. At Moffitt Cancer Center near St. Petersburg, Florida, experienced oncologists work one-on-one with patients to help them make educated decisions regarding cancer screening and prevention, taking into consideration each person’s medical, genetic and lifestyle history to guide our recommendations.
Current research indicates that colon cancer risk factors include:
- Having diabetes
- Being clinically overweight or obese
- Eating a high-fat, low-fiber diet with abundant red and/or processed meat
- Being physically inactive
- Smoking or using other tobacco products
- Consuming more than 3.5 alcoholic drinks per day
Because many of these risk factors can be reversed, individuals from St. Petersburg and other nearby areas are welcome to consult with Moffitt’s oncologists regarding the best ways to proactively protect their health. For instance, avoiding tobacco and alcohol use, losing weight, developing a regular exercise plan and adopting a healthier diet can help many people lower their risk of developing colon cancer.
Additionally, Moffitt’s team can help patients determine how often (and with which methods) individuals should be screened for colorectal cancer. Each patient’s needs vary, and we provide each patient with a comprehensively tailored screening plan.
Referrals are never required to come to Moffitt. Individuals from St. Petersburg, FL, and other surrounding cities who would like to discuss their colon cancer risk factors with an oncologist can request an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or submitting a new patient registration form online.