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Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Yes. If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. Read more...
Yes. A common test is the colaris test for lynch syndrome available through myriad. Another panel called colonext offers an even broader spectrum of tests for high risk genes and is available through ambry genetics. Talk to a knowledgable physician or genetic counselor to know the implications and possible interpretations of the testing and to determine if you are a good candidate, . Read more...
Colon cancer risk. While there is available genetic test to check for hereditary colon cancer, the best person to have this test is one with colon cancer or + strong family history -who is suspected to carry certain mutation i.e. Diagnosed at young age, family history of colon cancer or other multiple cancers history in the family. This test would not be suggested to everybody as a screening test for colon cancer. Read more...

Does socioeconomic status affect colon cancer risk?

Possibly. Poor diet and not seeking medical attention early, not getting appropriate screening, all of which may be related to ones economic situation can lead to development of colon cancer along with many other diseases. Read more...

What is recurrent colon cancer risk if inadequate margins were taken?

Depends. This depends on the original stage of the cancer, and where is was located. Rectal cancers can sometimes spread outside the areas that can be safely removed. It depends on if the cancer was growing into another structure, or into lymph nodes. The surgeon usually works very hard to remove all cancer, unless it is not safe or cannot be done. Chemotherapy may be indicated, and sometimes radiation rx. Read more...
High. Inadequate margins can be associated with a high risk of recurrence and consideration should be given to a re resection. Close followup with colonoscopies and scans are essential if no further surgery is desired. Read more...
High. Recurrence risk is based on multiple pathological factors. Inadequate surgery is a significant predictor for recurrence and the patient should be reevaluated soon. Pathologic review and further surgery should be considered. Read more...

Are there any genes that will tell you what your course of colon cancer will be like?

Not really. While there are certain genetic abnormalities that will help your doctor determine a course of treatment, as of yet there is no prognostic profile for colon cancer that is in general use. Read more...
Yes. A test called oncotype DX can help predict the behavior of colon cancer and likelihood of it coming back. Visit: www.Oncotypedx.Com. Read more...

What gene do I need to get tested for the familial colon cancer?

Not so simple. There are a few genes we test for now for familial colon cancer: fap, msh-1/mlh-2, myh ... But you can't simply get tested out of the blue. A family member with the colon cancer has to be first tested. If any of those genes are found, then the relatives are tested for those specific genes. Read more...
Need more info. Totally different genes predispose to colon cancer, including BRCA 1 and 2; Familial Adenomatous Polyposis develops so many polyps in the colon they may be too numerous to count--but this one is quite rare. The commonest is Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer. You may be at increased risk if close family members have developed it. See http://www.hopkinscoloncancercenter.org/CMS/CMS_Page.aspx? Read more...

What is the benefit of knowing if I have the gene for colon cancer?

Planning . Not everyone wants to know about a risk for cancer. However knowing about colon cancer risk allows you to get a colonoscopy every year to check for cancer before it grows. Also it allows you to have a discussion with a surgeon about your options to remove the colon before it affects you. This can be life saving. There are different genes for colon cancer risk and they have different implications. Read more...
Allows. You to get more frequent screening exams and early diagnosis resulting in better outcomes and survival. Also relates to your childrens risk of developing colon cancer. Read more...

Is my colon cancer risk increased if the only family members who've had it were 3rd Degree and only 1 died & was 45 & also was 4th OR 3rd degree?

Unlikely. It is unlikely that a 3rd or 4th degree relative having the disease increases your risk above the base line or background risk. When you turn 40 discuss with your doctor if you should have an early colonoscopy. Read more...

Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Colon cancer. The relationship between high fiber intake and colon cancer is still somewhat controversial with studies going both ways. But a high fiber diet is beneficial in many other ways as well. There are no quality clinical data to suggest constipation is a risk factor for colon cancer. Read more...
Unlikely. A diet low in fiber is associated with colon cancer risk. Constipation has not been associated with increased cancer risk in huge population studies in japan and netherlands recently- in fact in the latter study colon cancer risk was less in patients with constipation! Read more...