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Is colon cancer hereditary for young people

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
28 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Genetics: There are inherited polyposis syndromes, and no polyposis syndromes. Most colon and rectal cancers diagnosed have no family history.
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Dr. Douglas Brewer
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not simple answer: Cancer is when a cell won't die but can still divide and grow and hide from immune system. This is caused by many gene defects most of which happen a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Can be: Most colon cancers relate more to lifestyle than inheritance but some patients do have an inherited predisposition, be it in the setting of multiple p ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Even sporadic, non familial cases have been reported in young people in their 20's, 30's and 40's. If in doubt about a symptom get an expert evaluatio ... Read More
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: The youngest patient I treated was 17 at diagnosis. Very, very uncommon. Because of the rarity, before I treated him, I had him see a colleague of m ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Some colon cancers: Are hereditary. Vast majority are not. The two common hereditary forms of colon cancer are familial adneomatous polys and lynch syndrome. Let me reite ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes: But very rare , age is no exemption for cancer.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Reich
7 years experience Internal Medicine
Not common: less than 1% of that population has colon cancer. Why do you ask?
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theresa Yang
8 years experience General Practice
Pretty rare: Colon cancer is more prominent in the older population. The older someone gets, the more likely they are to have changes in their dna called mutations ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Depends on familial risks of colon cancer and any inherited disorders linked to the possibility of colon cancer such as polyposis conditions. General ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Yes, especially: If you have familial polyposis or ulcerative colitis. If not, your risk rises after age 50 or so.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Colonoscopy at 50: There are many risk factors for colon cancer. You should consult the website given below to see if you have any. If you do not have any risk factors y ... Read More
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