A 48-year-old member asked:
can you explain hereditary colon cancer?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Rafael Lugo answered
27 years experience General Surgery
Broad: That is a broad question and the answer is a book chapter. The key points for you are that if you have relatives with many polyps or relatives with colon cancer, you should go to your doctor to asses your risk.
Answered on Mar 6, 2015
Dr. Sean O Donovan answered
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not in 400 character: Many genes are linked with an increased risk of colon cancer (and others), so those with a family history of colon, uterine and other cancers are at increased risk as they may inherit these genes from their parents. Genetic testing can pinpoint some of these genes and thus indicate whether you are at increased risk, thus allowing earlier detection/prevention/treatment so get checked if this appies.
Answered on Sep 8, 2013
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