Piedmont Cancer

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 Cancer 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
  • Abnormal immunohistochemistry (IHC) or microsatellite instability (MSI) colon tumor studies
  • Multiple colon polyps (i.e. 10+ cumulative polyps) or rare colon polyps (i.e. hamartomatous polyps)

Contact a Genetic Counselor

Ask your doctor about colon cancer genetic risk assessment, or contact one of our genetic counselors at 404-425-7300.