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How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?
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In brief: Ask
Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what.
You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this.

In brief: Ask
Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what.
You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not all family equal
The family history one is most concerned about is first degree relatives less than 60 with an advanced adenoma (large polyp) or cancer.
They same applies for 2 second degree relatives. Even if you grandfather had cancer at age 70 it doesn't change the screening recommendations for yourself.

In brief: Not all family equal
The family history one is most concerned about is first degree relatives less than 60 with an advanced adenoma (large polyp) or cancer.
They same applies for 2 second degree relatives. Even if you grandfather had cancer at age 70 it doesn't change the screening recommendations for yourself.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
3 doctors agree
In brief: Great question
If your family won't tell you their history, then there is no way to know your family history.
Keep asking and explain the importance.

In brief: Great question
If your family won't tell you their history, then there is no way to know your family history.
Keep asking and explain the importance.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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