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42 years old, had a grandparent (moms side) had colon cancer and 1st cousin(dad side)who had colon cancer. Do I need to get colonoscopy now or at 50?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Depends

If colon cancer was diagnosed before the age of 52 in your family, get colonoscopy now.
Usually colonoscopy is advised at 50, If there is a family history of colon cancer then get it at 10 years before the age at which colon cancer was diagnosed in the relative who had cancer.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

In brief: Depends

If colon cancer was diagnosed before the age of 52 in your family, get colonoscopy now.
Usually colonoscopy is advised at 50, If there is a family history of colon cancer then get it at 10 years before the age at which colon cancer was diagnosed in the relative who had cancer.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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