Bowel Cancer Risk Factors
Anything that increases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer risk factor; anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer protective factor.
Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided, but many cannot. Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may lower your risk, but it does not mean that you will not get cancer.
Age, health history and inheriting certain genes can affect the risk of developing bowel cancer.