There are several rectal cancer risk factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing the condition. Many of these risk factors are inherited or related to a person’s own personal medical history. However, lifestyle factors can play a role in these conditions as well. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, we welcome individuals who are concerned about their risk of colorectal cancer, providing custom screening guidelines and preventive care recommendations for peace of mind.
The factors that can make a person more likely to develop rectal cancer include:
- Having irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, Crohn’s disease or other conditions that cause chronic gastrointestinal inflammation
- Having familiar adenomatous polyposis, hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer or other genetic conditions that increase the likelihood of DNA mutations in the rectal cells
- Having a personal or family history of colorectal cancer
- Consuming a diet high in red meat and processed meats
- Being over the age of 50
- Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle
For individuals with one or more of these risk factors, however, it’s important to remember that these are only associated traits, not absolute predictors of the condition. Having several of these characteristics may mean that more frequent rectal cancer screenings are appropriate, and Moffitt’s oncologists can help each patient develop an appropriate screening plan for his or her needs. In a single location in Tampa, we offer a comprehensive range of genetic counseling services, screening tests, diagnostic imaging scans and biopsies, as well as many advanced rectal cancer treatments.
To discuss your rectal cancer risk factors with Moffitt’s oncologists in Tampa, FL, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. No referral is required to make an appointment.