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How does my parent's colon cancer affect my and my children's risk?

It is a very good idea to be proactive about your health. I would recommend having a colonoscopy at age 40 and, if no polyps are found, then every five years afterward. Your children do not have a higher risk of developing cancer.
Having a first-degree relative such as a parent, child or a sibling with colon cancer increases your risk for colon cancer. This risk is even greater if they were diagnosed before the age of 60 or more than one first-degree relative have had colon cancer. Second-degree relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews with colon cancer may increase your risk for colon cancer if you have two or more who been diagnosed. Having only one second-degree relative with colon cancer does not increase your risk of colon cancer; therefore your children would not be at increased risk if only one grandparent has colon cancer.

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