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80yo father diagnosed with early colon cancer. inadequate margins, retreated. expired 9yr later from obstruction how can i get slides to know my risk?

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Slides: First. Slides should be filed at hospital diagnosed. You do not need them you are at higher risk alas first degree relative. Survelence colonoscopy polepectomy is the appropriate . See your physician and get screening started.
Dr. Jon Krook
General Surgery 24 years experience
May not help: The slides will help tell you what kind of colon cancer you father had. They will not tell you anything about your risk. He and you (if he was alive) could be tested for certain genetic disorders that increase your risk. Sorry for your loss.
Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice 51 years experience
Don't need slides: Since your father developed colon cancer at an advanced age, you are not likely to develop hereditary colon cancer which tremendously increases your risk. However, since you have a first degree relative with colon cancer, you are at increased risk and should start screening colonoscopies by age 50 and every 5 to 10 years thereafter. Colon cancer can be prevented by removal of benign polyps.

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