Colon Cancer Risk With No Family History
Last Modified: March 16, 2011
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
I heard if I do not have anyone in my family who has had colon cancer that I don't need to do the screening. Is that true?
Carmen E. Guerra, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn Medicine, responds:
Even if you do not have a family history of colon or rectal cancer, you have a lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer that approximates 6%. Therefore, if you are over 50, you should undergo colorectal cancer screening with one of the guideline approved tests such as a stool test, a colonoscopy, a flexible sigmoidoscopy or CT colonography.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. See the full transcript of Advances in Colorectal Cancer Screening.
June 15, 2011
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