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Reducing the risk of colorectal and gastric cancer 

Reducing the risk of colorectal and gastric cancer
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Reducing the risk of colorectal and gastric cancer
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Eric Chung

and Mark George

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199672844.003.0024
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date: 18 August 2019

There are several environmental and lifestyle risks which can contribute to the development of gastric and colorectal cancer. Understanding of these can lead to strategies to reduce risk. Inherited conditions can lead to gastric and colorectal cancer and there are medical and surgical options available to reduce the risks from these conditions. This chapter reviews environmental (e.g. Helicobacter pylori) and lifestyle (e.g. smoking, exercise, alcohol, obesity) factors which affect the development of colorectal and gastric cancer and options for reducing risk in the inherited diseases resulting in these cancers are discussed. Study of this chapter should enable the reader to describe the measures available for reducing the risk of colorectal and gastric cancer and discuss the risks, benefits and limitations of these measures

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