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Will I get cancer if there's hereditary colon cancer in my family?

Scott Weissman
Clinical Genetics

Not necessarily. If there is a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome in your family, your chance of getting colon or other cancers is elevated ONLY if you have also inherited the susceptibility that is in your family. If you do not have the hereditary risk (also called gene mutation), then your risk of getting cancer is average (e.g., a person’s baseline risk of getting colon cancer is 5% over the course of their life).

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