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Piedmont Oncology

Colon & Rectal Cancer

Hereditary Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

Approximately 10% of colon cancers and rectal cancers are hereditary, which means they are caused by an inherited gene mutation that runs in a family. Genetic counselors are available at Piedmont Oncology to help determine if genetic testing for inherited colon cancer risk would be beneficial for you and your family.

If you or a close family member (on either side of the family) have had any of the following, you may benefit from genetic counseling for colon cancer risk:

  • Colon cancer diagnosed at a young age (50 or younger)
  • Multiple separate colon cancers, or colon cancer and another form of cancer, in the same person
  • Colon cancer (at any age), as well as a family history of colon, uterine, ovarian, stomach, pancreatic, breast, thyroid, kidney and/or other cancers
  • Tumor studies showing mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency or microsatellite instability (MSI)
  • Multiple colon polyps (i.e. 10+ cumulative polyps) or rare colon polyps (i.e. hamartomatous polyps)
  • Colon cancer diagnosed after age 50 – genetic counseling/testing may be considered

Contact a Genetic Counselor

Ask your doctor about colon cancer genetic risk assessment, or contact our genetics team at 404-425-7300.

Genetic Counseling & Testing FAQs

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