Studies: Smoking raises risk of colorectal cancer

12/17/2008 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A meta-analysis in The Journal of the American Medical Association found people who had smoked at some point in their lives were 18% more likely to develop colorectal cancer than those who had never smoked and 25% more likely to die from it. Researchers say smoking is a factor physicians should consider when deciding at what age a person should begin having colorectal cancer screening.

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