The 12 Best Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Consider genetic counseling
Up to 10% of colon cancers are caused by inherited genetic defects or mutations.
Hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer and familial adenomatous polyposis are the most common colon-cancer-related genetic syndromes.
If you have one or more first-degree relatives with colorectal cancer or a related cancer, such as endometrial, and the disease appears in at least two successive generations in your family, talk to your doctor about whether you should have colon-cancer genetic testing.
More screening and, in some cases, preventive surgery, may help.
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