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How Much Does A Family History Of Colon Cancer Increase My Risk Of Getting It
Varies: The "family history" of colon cancer needs to be further clarified as to what type of family syndrome this is. A genetic counselor can help further define the risks and potential surveillance or treatment strategies. The increased risk may be small or may be very large. Specific genetic testing may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Several.: The types of colorectal cancers you refer to include hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) and fap (familial adenomatous polyposis). However, each of these can also arise form a new mutation with no family history. Garden variety colorectal cancer also has some heritability, though far less than those noted above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it recommended to get a colonoscopy at age 43 if there is a family history of colon cancer? What other tests are needed at this age?
10 years before diag: A basic guideline is that in the case of a potentially inherited cancer trait, that we start screening 10 years before the presentation of a first degree relative, i.e. Parent or sibling. If the relative was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 53, we consider beginning screening tests at 43. Otherwise begin screenings as age appropriate, colonoscopy age 50, mammo age 40. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?
Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.
1st colonscopy @ 35: With a family history of colon ca, screening begins at @ 35. Hopefully you won't have polyps (like me). As long as you're not pregnant it should be safe. But remembering "those days", i'd do it before not after. The risk is really being too busy and forgetting or not having the time to have the procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more
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