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Is A Twisty Loopy Colon Hereditary
Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have gastroparesis and pseudo-obstructive disorder. I had >3.5' of colon removed and still have problems. My kids seem to have inherited it; help?
Doctors can help: An adult with such problems can be cared for by his primary care doctor or his G.I. Specialist. Sometimes various medications, foods, etc..., are tried, with different meds showing some level of effectiveness at different times in a patient's life. Kids can see their pediatrician and a pedi GI doctor for help. With chronic problems, be sure to always have very good medical insurance. ...Read more
Some colon cancers: Are hereditary. Vast majority are not. The two common hereditary forms of colon cancer are familial adneomatous polys and lynch syndrome. Let me reiterate that hereditary colon cancers are a minority. See this site for more info. http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/hereditary-genetics/inherited-risk-colorectal. ...Read more
Can be: Most colon cancers relate more to lifestyle than inheritance but some patients do have an inherited predisposition, be it in the setting of multiple polyps (like fap or myh) or not (lynch syndrome). Families with this have early onset colon cancer and other cancers as well. Talk to your doc about this to see if you need to visit a specialist in inherited malignancies. Remember to live healthy. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
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
If a person in their mid 30's were to get colon cancer would it almost always be due to a hereditary form of cancer compared to sporadic?
Maybe: Some hereditary factors increase colon cancer risks such as some types of colitis (ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease), familial polyposis, hnpcc, lynch syndrome, etc. But younger people can get spontaneous colon cancers too. Get a referral to a gastroenterologist as indicated. Most colon cancer occurs after age 50, and reported 8-10 people per 100, 000 get colon cancer under age 50. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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