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Family history of colon cancer. Do I start seeing GI before or at age parent diagnosed?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Earlier colonoscopy

If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members.

In brief: Earlier colonoscopy

If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
if a parent or sibling has had colon cancer, deduct ten years from their age at time of diagnosis, and that it is the age yuou should begin regular screening!
Dr. Alain Ades
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Colon cancer

Most primary care physicians may not know.
Answer is 10-15 years before the time your relative had it diagnosed, or age 40, whichever comes first. Remember, it is a curable and preventable disease.

In brief: Colon cancer

Most primary care physicians may not know.
Answer is 10-15 years before the time your relative had it diagnosed, or age 40, whichever comes first. Remember, it is a curable and preventable disease.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Now

See the doctor now to determine when it would be prudent to start surveillance.
More than one genetic abnormality is associated with colon cancer and each type needs a different approach.

In brief: Now

See the doctor now to determine when it would be prudent to start surveillance.
More than one genetic abnormality is associated with colon cancer and each type needs a different approach.
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