Relative risk for colorectal cancer risk factors in the U.S. as of 2017

This statistic displays the relative risk for colorectal cancer given select established risk factors in the U.S. as of 2017. According to the data, having more than 1 relative with a colorectal cancer diagnosis has a relative risk of 4.0, meaning that someone with this family history is at high risk for colorectal cancer.

Relative risk for select colorectal cancer risk factors in the U.S. as of 2017*

Relative risk
Having 1 first-degree relative with a colorectal cancer diagnosis2.2
Having more than 1 relative with a colorectal cancer diagnosis4
Having a relative with a colorectal cancer diagnosis before age 453.9
Inflammatory bowel disease1.7
Diabetes1.3
Alcohol consumption of 2-3 drinks per day1.2
Alcohol consumption of more than 3 drinks per day1.2
Obesity1.3
Red meat consumption (100 g/day)1.2
Processed meat consumption (50 g/day)1.2
Smoking (ever vs. never)1.2
Physical activity (colon)0.7
Dairy consumption (400 g/day)0.8
Milk consumption (200 g/day)0.9
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Source

Release date

March 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* Relative risk compares the risk of disease among people with a particular “exposure” to the risk among people without that exposure. Relative risk for dietary factors compares the highest with the lowest consumption. If the relative risk is more than 1.0, then risk is higher among exposed than unexposed persons. Relative risks less than 1.0 indicate a protective effect.

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