A family history of colorectal cancer may increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer.  An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of colon cancers have a hereditary component.

Other factors that increase colorectal cancer risk:

  • Overweight or obese.
  • Physically inactive.
  • Eating a lot of red or processed meats.
  • Overcooking meats when frying or grilling
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Too much alcohol (more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women)
  • Diabetes.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Ulcerative colitis.

Find out more about colorectal cancer prevention from Dr. John Wysocki of the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital at the Walk to Wellness on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 am at the Westfarms Rest and Relaxation Lounge (Lower Level of Westfarms mall near Nordstrom).

Here’s the schedule:

8:30-9 am: Presentation
9-9:30 am: Breakfast at California Pizza Kitchen

Registration is required. Please register online here or call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373).