Curbside Consultation in GI Cancer for the Gastroenterologist: 49 Clinical Questions

Douglas G. Adler, MD

Question 38: What Are The Risk Factors For Colorectal Cancer? (continued)

Devina Bhasin, MD; Ashley L. Faulx, MD, FASGE

Colon cancer screening is an important part of our clinical practice. Even when evaluating patients for other medical problems, we discuss proven and potential risk factors for colon cancer and screen patients who have a family history of colorectal cancer (CRC) (Table 38-1). Age has been shown to be one of the strongest risk factors for the development of colon cancer. The risk of developing colon cancer in the general population is increased with advancing age, with 90% of cancers developing in those age 50 years and older. The prevalence of adenomatous polyps also increases with age and…