Risk, Prevention and Screening
Genetic Testing for Familial Colorectal Cancer
Family history is an important part of colorectal cancer risk. About 5-10% of colorectal cancer cases are hereditary (familial). Hereditary cancer happens when changes or mutations in genes are passed down from your parents.
All About Colon Polyps
A colon polyp is a mass of tissue on the inside wall of the colon that protrudes into the colon "tube." Most colon cancers arise from a polyp; however, only a very small percentage of colon polyps become cancer. Removing polyps that can progress to become cancer, reduces the risk of colon cancer by up to 80%.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
An overview of the available screening tests for colorectal cancer and polyps.
Familial Colorectal Cancers - Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
FAP is a hereditary syndrome that results in those affected having hundreds to thousands of polyps and an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Familial Colorectal Cancers: Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC)/Lynch Syndrome
HNPCC, also called Lynch Syndrome, is a hereditary disorder that causes an increase in the risk of several types of cancer