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His colonoscopy was negative, but theres family history of polyps. Does that increase the risk of cancer?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: While every
Screening colonoscopy is not positive, a family history does raise risk and worry, and between colonoscopies each decade over 50, one can have fecal occult blood tests in the interim. A positive guaiac or actual blood per rectum, leads to a for cause colonoscopy that insurance should cover. Again, all bleeding is not cancer.

In brief: While every
Screening colonoscopy is not positive, a family history does raise risk and worry, and between colonoscopies each decade over 50, one can have fecal occult blood tests in the interim. A positive guaiac or actual blood per rectum, leads to a for cause colonoscopy that insurance should cover. Again, all bleeding is not cancer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
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In brief: Possibly.
Certain familial polyp disorders, like familial polyposis coli, can increase risk for colon cancer.
Polyps in colon can become cancer if not removed, even if there is no family history. A diet high in animal fat, and low in fiber is correlated with risk for colon cancer. Discuss this with your doctor for a detailed explanation.

In brief: Possibly.
Certain familial polyp disorders, like familial polyposis coli, can increase risk for colon cancer.
Polyps in colon can become cancer if not removed, even if there is no family history. A diet high in animal fat, and low in fiber is correlated with risk for colon cancer. Discuss this with your doctor for a detailed explanation.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Hard to tell
Negative colonoscopy is good news.
If there is family history of colon, cancer that does increase the risk and he should consult his doctor about the interval for repeat colonoscopy. The added risk from family history of polyps depends on the type and number of polyps.

In brief: Hard to tell
Negative colonoscopy is good news.
If there is family history of colon, cancer that does increase the risk and he should consult his doctor about the interval for repeat colonoscopy. The added risk from family history of polyps depends on the type and number of polyps.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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