A 28-year-old male asked:
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my uncle has cancer of the of the colon due to poor diet. we have no cancer history in the family but i've been wondering if this is hereditary?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely genetic: Just one member of the family is not enough to call it familial cancer , 75 % of colon cancers has no family history , so don't worry , you are 21 and if no symptoms , 20 years from now go for regular screening colonoscopy , you will be fine. Yes diet plays a roll but unlikely it is the cause of cancer , develop good dietary habits, eat lots of veggies, fruits, less re meat , will be fine.
Answered on May 23, 2013
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