What Is Your Genetic Risk for Colon Cancer?
Early detection is the key to definitive treatment of colon cancer. Knowing your family’s medical history may mean a screening for colon cancer should happen as early as age 25. Researchers already know that 10% to 20% of colon cancers appear because of an inherited mutation in certain genes. One of those mutations can produce hundreds of polyps in the colon in teen-agers. Another form of inherited mutation raises the risk of colon cancer and endometrial cancer.
This video explains how Stanford’s Cancer Genetics Program helps families understand, with the help of genetic counselors, what their risk could be, based on special colon cancer tests conducted after every colon cancer diagnosis to identify any visible hereditary cancer syndromes.