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Am I more likely to get colorectal cancer if someone in my family has it?

Family history plays an important role in determining the risk of colon cancer. Relatives who are related to someone who has colon cancer are much more likely to have colon cancer. There are certain disease states such as ulcerative colitis and familial polyposis syndrome where the family member has a much higher likelihood of having cancer.

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