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Inherited Colorectal Cancer

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Ashkenazi Jews and Colorectal Cancer

Jewish people who are Ashkenazi, or of Eastern European descent, are at increased risk for colorectal cancer. This is thought to be due to a variant of the APC gene that is found in 6% of this population. Ashkenazi Jews make up more than 90% of the Jewish population in the U.S.

If you suspect that you are at risk for an inherited form of colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor. There may be a genetic test that can be performed to confirm your suspicions.

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on July 05, 2012
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