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Can you explain hereditary colon cancer?
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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Surgery - Colorectal
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Dr. Sean O Donovan
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
You may wish to consult this site for more information: http://www.cancer.gov/search/results
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Broad
That is a broad question and the answer is a book chapter. The key points for you are that if you have relatives with many polyps or relatives with colon cancer, you should go to your doctor to asses your risk.

In brief: Broad
That is a broad question and the answer is a book chapter. The key points for you are that if you have relatives with many polyps or relatives with colon cancer, you should go to your doctor to asses your risk.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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