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Dad had colon cancer stage 2 at 63. I'm 44. Just took pinnacle biolab 2nd gen fit test with negative result. Need colonoscopy?

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Dr. David Lipkin
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Most recommendations suggest screening starting age 50.
75% of colon cancers are not familial or hereditary. Having a father with colon cancer increases your risk by at least 20%. HOWEVER YOUR ABSOLUTE RISK IS STILL LOW. You cannot be faulted for wanting a colonoscopy before age 50 but it's not absolutely necessary. *Focus should be on PREVENTION, not detection: **see comments below for specifics.

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Most recommendations suggest screening starting age 50.
75% of colon cancers are not familial or hereditary. Having a father with colon cancer increases your risk by at least 20%. HOWEVER YOUR ABSOLUTE RISK IS STILL LOW. You cannot be faulted for wanting a colonoscopy before age 50 but it's not absolutely necessary. *Focus should be on PREVENTION, not detection: **see comments below for specifics.
Dr. David Lipkin
Dr. David Lipkin
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Dr. David Lipkin
Processed meats are considered by The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer to be a class 1 carcinogen. Avoid processed meats, especially those containing Nitrites and Nitrates as preservatives. Limiting red meat is also probably helpful. Eating more organic fruits and vegetables is probably wise. Aspirin does reduce colon cancer. Exercise and avoid obesity.
Dr. David Lipkin
There is evidence that vegetarians, especially vegans, have less cancer.
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