What If Colon Cancer Runs In The Family?

It is recommended that most people get their first colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer and other issues beginning at age 50.  But what if colon cancer runs in your family?  Should you be worried or get screened sooner?

While many factors contribute to your overall health, several common health concerns, including colon cancer, can run in families.  So it is important to identify if your parents, grandparents, or other relatives suffered from colon cancer so your doctor can better evaluate your risk  – even before age 50.

Because genetics do play a role, CRS is using the newest technology to screen patients with a family history of colon cancer.

“Our updated colonoscopy equipment allow us to detect polyps and other pathology with greater accuracy.  The High Definition monitors and advanced equipment ensures all surgeons at Colon and Rectal Specialists will continue to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.  As surgeons, we are unique in that we can treat polyps endoscopically; but if they are too large to remove, or involve greater technical risk we can perform minimally invasive colonic resection or polyp removal via laparoscopic or Robotic techniques.” – Dr. Cary Gentry

If colon cancer runs in your family, we encourage you to talk to a specialist, like those at CRS, who can assess your risk and recommend the right age to begin colonoscopy screenings.

In many cases we recommend screenings begin 5-10 years before your family member was diagnosed.  For example, if polyps were found during your mother’s colonoscopy at age 50, your doctor may suggest you begin colonoscopy screenings at age 40.

Get in touch with the specialists at CRS or read more about three Richmond area offices, or our physicians.

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