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How is colon cancer inherited?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Douglas Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not simple answer
Cancer is when a cell won't die but can still divide and grow and hide from immune system. This is caused by many gene defects most of which happen after we are born.
Sometimes we can inherit a defective cell growth gene from a parent Increasing our risk of cancer and it usually shows up earlier. This is why people with first degree family members with colorectal cancer get colonoscopy at 40.

In brief: Not simple answer
Cancer is when a cell won't die but can still divide and grow and hide from immune system. This is caused by many gene defects most of which happen after we are born.
Sometimes we can inherit a defective cell growth gene from a parent Increasing our risk of cancer and it usually shows up earlier. This is why people with first degree family members with colorectal cancer get colonoscopy at 40.
Dr. Douglas Brewer
Dr. Douglas Brewer
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Genetics
There are inherited polyposis syndromes, and no polyposis syndromes.
Most colon and rectal cancers diagnosed have no family history.

In brief: Genetics
There are inherited polyposis syndromes, and no polyposis syndromes.
Most colon and rectal cancers diagnosed have no family history.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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