Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment

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One of my focuses is on hereditary colon cancersyndrome.

So in families where multiple people havecolon cancer or other types of cancer, we now have the ability to do genetic tes- atesting to both help predict risk for other family members as well as per- a predict futurerisk for the patients themselves.

In that clinic we work work with genetic counselors,um and we're able to do a simple blood test and look at multiple different genes thatmay affect both the patient and their family members risk in the future for colon cancerand other cancers.

The benefit of this is that it is now affordableum and standard of care, as well as it it's a simple blood draw.

So a lot of people have misconceptions aboutgenetic testing but it's something that's easy to do and covered by most insurances.

The benefit of genetic testing is helpingpredict your risk in the future.

A lot of patients, you know, will ask ‘wellmaybe I don't want to know that.

’ The benefit of knowing is that we have veryeffective treatment regimens that'll significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Something like Lynch syndrome, which is themost common hereditary colon cancer syndrome can have up to a forty to eighty percent riskof cancer in a lifetime.

But we know when patients get colonoscopyevery one to two years, that risk is significantly reduced.

And that's why it's very gratifying to beable to tell people even though they're increased risk, that we can take great care of themand significantly reduce their risk by undergoing a relatively easy procedure like a colonoscopy.

If you've had multiple colon polyps in yourlifetime, or if you've had colon cancer, or if you have a family history of someone withmultiple colon polyps or colon cancer or multiple different types of cancer, you're someonewho should be investigated for hereditary cancer syndrome.

This is something that you can discuss withyour physician or you can make an appointment through Ohio State University cancer geneticsand discuss that with our specialized providers.

If you'd like more information on this, thenyou can see our website, which has further literature and which has our contact information.

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