Colon Cancer, The Genetic Factor

Medical Author: Dennis Lee, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD, and Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.


Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States. In the US an estimated 130,000 men and women will develop colon cancer and more than 50,000 will die from it each year. The life-time risk for individuals to develop colon cancer is approximately 6%, but the risk increases to 18% among individuals who have a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) with colon cancer.

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