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Can chemical exposure cause colorectal cancer?

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Heavy exposure to certain chemicals, including chlorine -- which in small amounts is commonly used to purify drinking water -- may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Exposure to asbestos is thought to be potentially harmful because it has been implicated in causing formation of polyps in the colon.

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National Cancer Institute. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “ ” Section 12 V Colorectal Cancer.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “ ” Section 12 V Colorectal Cancer.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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