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Are certain inherited syndromes a risk factor for colorectal cancer?

Yes. About 5% to 10% of people who develop colorectal cancer have inherited gene changes that cause the disease. The 2 most common inherited syndromes linked with colorectal cancers are familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC).

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