A 42-year-old member asked:
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are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test.
Answered on Apr 14, 2014
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Family history is the best genetic test.
May 25, 2012

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