How to Determine Your Genetic Risk for Developing Colon Cancer

You can often determine your genetic disposition to colon cancer based on your family history.  Dr. Mark Gimbel explains how to find the warning signs in this video.

Mark Gimbel, MD:  If you are genetically prone to colon cancer, you will typically know based on a family member.  There are certain familial colon cancers that you will have a first degree relative and/or a second degree relative who has shown up with a colon cancer typically before the age of 60.  The younger somebody gets a colon cancer the more likely you are thinking about a genetic syndrome for having a colon cancer, what we call a sporadic colon cancer when that just develops in a person without a higher risk usually happens in between 60 and 80 as the age, there is just a normal variant colon cancer with no real germline or base mutation with that.

Dr. Mark Gimbel is a surgical onolcogist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. He graduated from the University of Maryland, interned at the University of Florida – Jacksonville, and completed residencies at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
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