Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes
Updated: October 2013
Published: May 2013
The Importance of Testing for Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes
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The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 102,480 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed in 2013, with hereditary colon cancer syndromes accounting for approximately 10% of those cases1. It’s important to identify the hereditary colon cancer cases because of the important ramifications for the affected individual and their family members.
Once hereditary colon cancer mutations have been identified within the family, genetic testing can facilitate the identification of other at-risk family members. This allows clinicians to utilize early screening and monitoring options that optimize potential for early detection of colon cancer.
- American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Resource Center