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If I have family members with colorectal cancer, will I get it?

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If two or more close family members have had colorectal cancer, then you have about a 15% chance of getting it at some point. If conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis, MYH-associated polyposis, or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer run in your family, that raises the risk for colon cancer (and other cancers), too.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ)" and "What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum."

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ)" and "What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum."

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

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