Does having inflammatory bowel disease increase colon cancer risk?

Written by Dr. Anuj Agarwala on 3/25/2014 7:00:00 AM

Dr. Agarwala is a medical oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician. 

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease may have an increased risk for developing colorectal cancer. Patients with ulcerative colitis have an increased risk, and longer duration of having the disease increases the risk even further. For individuals with Crohn’s disease there is data supporting the association with colorectal cancer, but less so than with ulcerative colitis.

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