The short answer from a colorectal surgeon

Q: Does having inflammatory bowel disease affect my risk for developing colon cancer?

A: Yes. If you go back 20 years, the thinking was that just ulcerative colitis was associated with increased risk of colon cancer. But we’ve found more recently that inflammatory bowel disease (the umbrella term for diseases that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) does have a higher risk than the general population.

Intestines with Gut Bacteria on Blackboard


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