6 doctors weighed in:
Is rectal cancer hereditary?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It can be
Cancer is where a cell literally becomes immortal and does not die but can still replicate itself.
Genetic mutations cause this. Most genetic mutations that cause cancerous cells happen after we are born, but rarely we can inherit a bad gene. Construct a medical family tree and if colon or rectal cancer affects 2 or more across 2 generations and 1 is less than 50 must talk with doctor

In brief: It can be
Cancer is where a cell literally becomes immortal and does not die but can still replicate itself.
Genetic mutations cause this. Most genetic mutations that cause cancerous cells happen after we are born, but rarely we can inherit a bad gene. Construct a medical family tree and if colon or rectal cancer affects 2 or more across 2 generations and 1 is less than 50 must talk with doctor
Dr. Douglas Brewer
Dr. Douglas Brewer
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It can be
30% of colorectal cancers are hereditary.
This means if you have a first degree (mother, father, brother, sister) relative with rectal cancer, you are at risk and should be screened earlier. If it is a more distant relative, it is harder to say what your risk is. Certainly, if you are symptomatic, it should be worked up.

In brief: It can be
30% of colorectal cancers are hereditary.
This means if you have a first degree (mother, father, brother, sister) relative with rectal cancer, you are at risk and should be screened earlier. If it is a more distant relative, it is harder to say what your risk is. Certainly, if you are symptomatic, it should be worked up.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Dr. Carolyn Messere
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Having a first degree family member with colon or rectal cancer increases your likelihood of colon cancer too.
This is even more pronounced if that person had cancer before the age of 60. Colon cancer screening is recommended starting at age 40 for people with a first degree family member with colon cancer or 10 years earlier than they were diagnoses, whichever comes first.

In brief: Yes
Having a first degree family member with colon or rectal cancer increases your likelihood of colon cancer too.
This is even more pronounced if that person had cancer before the age of 60. Colon cancer screening is recommended starting at age 40 for people with a first degree family member with colon cancer or 10 years earlier than they were diagnoses, whichever comes first.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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