Rectal CancerYou are more likely to develop rectal cancer if you have a history of polyps (abnormal tissue growths) in your colon or a family history of colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include age over 50, previous colorectal cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, breast, or lining of the uterus (endometrium).
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Rectal cancer occurs in the last six inches of the digestive tract. A patient with a history of polyps in the colon or with a family history of colorectal cancer is more at risk to develop rectal cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, being age 50 or older and having been previously diagnosed with colorectal, ovarian, breast or uterine cancer.