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Crohn's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

Things that may increase your risk of getting Crohn's disease include:

  • Having a family history of Crohn's disease. Your risk increases if an immediate family member (a parent, brother, or sister) has the disease.
  • Having Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
  • Smoking cigarettes.

Things that may cause Crohn's disease symptoms to flare up include:

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  • Medicines.
  • Infections.
  • Hormonal changes.
  • Lifestyle changes.
  • Smoking.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: May 16, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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