A 40-year-old member asked:
family history of colon cancer. do i start seeing gi before or at age parent diagnosed?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Liawaty Ho answered
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Earlier colonoscopy: If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members.
Answered on Aug 4, 2012
Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered
48 years experience Pathology
Now: See the doctor now to determine when it would be prudent to start surveillance. More than one genetic abnormality is associated with colon cancer and each type needs a different approach.
Answered on Mar 24, 2012
Dr. Alain Ades answered
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Colon cancer: Most primary care physicians may not know. Answer is 10-15 years before the time your relative had it diagnosed, or age 40, whichever comes first. Remember, it is a curable and preventable disease.
Answered on Apr 23, 2016
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