The Role of Genetics in Colorectal Cancer Detection


April 13, 2011 – Up to 5 percent to 6 percent of all colon cancers in the United States are caused by inherited colon cancer syndromes. In this Cancer Connection podcast, Siteman surgeon Anne Lin, MD, discusses genetics and early colorectal cancer detection. Lin says that routine screening should begin at 50 but certain symptoms or a family history can mean some people should be screened sooner and with more frequency. Lin also talks about the Inherited Colorectal Cancer and Polyposis Registry at Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman and the benefits it offers patients.

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