The Role of Genetics in Colon Cancer

What is important about genetics in colon cancer?

genetics in colon cancerAdvances in genetics are allowing doctors to do some great things in the fight against cancer. Using genetics in colon cancer diagnosises, doctors can determine if you have a disease that may increase your chances for getting colon cancer. David Dubin, founder of Alive and Kickn and colon cancer survivor, talks about how genetic testing has affected his life. He says knowledge is power and is glad he knows he has a higher chance of recurrence of the disease.

David Dubin: I think it is absolutely almost imperative that someone know about the genetic component to colon cancer and Lynch syndrome, or even FAP. I mean, look at what I have been through and look at what other people with Lynch syndrome have been through and the tumors arriving earlier and earlier and earlier in life with each generation. You know, you got to know what we are getting into beforehand because otherwise, you know, something is just going to get sprung on you.

For me, again going back to knowledge being power, I am glad to know that I have the genetic component. I am not, obviously I prefer charm and good looks but this is what I have and these are the cards that I have been dealt. And because of that I can take care of myself accordingly, take care of my family and of course now spread the message.

So, genetics is super huge, not to oversimplify things. The more we know, the more we are going to discover that genetics plays a big part of not only colon cancer, not only breast cancer but a whole lot of other cancers and will we ever, you know, find the cure, I don’t know. I don’t know the ramifications of finding the cure but will people with those genetic components know what to do ahead of time, hope so.

David Dubin

David Dubin

David Dubin is a three time colon cancer survivor and founder of Alive and Kickn, a foundation for colon cancer and genetic colon cancer. The foundation uses soccer games as a method awareness and fundraising.


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