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Is colorectal cancer an inherited disease?

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One of the risk factors for colorectal cancer is a family history of the disease. Colorectal cancer is called "hereditary" or "inherited" when several generations of a family have colorectal cancer. The two most common inherited colorectal cancer syndromes are hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). These two inherited cancer syndromes account for less than 5% of all colorectal cancers.

From: Inherited Colorectal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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The American Journal of Pathology : "Familial Adenomatous Polyposis-Associated Thyroid Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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Cleveland Clinic.

The American Journal of Pathology : "Familial Adenomatous Polyposis-Associated Thyroid Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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