How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by ryang74 on Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:00 AM
My grandmother past-away from breast cancer in her early 80's, about 13 years ago. Her sister beat breast and colon cancer, but 2 weeks ago past-away at the age of 83. My father, who is 60, right now is fighting pancreatic cancer, and also lesions on his liver, he is in stage 4.
I am worried, because my grandmother had it, my father has it, am I next to get it, Im only 34 years old. What can I do to prevent this from happing, how can I tell if Im next to get it. Someone can please help, thank you!!
by Trishpm on Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:00 AM
by Karenb on Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:00 AM
Hi I am a stage IV colon cancer patient. I was diagnosed at 46 years old. In a way it is good that you are worried because it will encourage you to investigate and seek answers and knowledge is power. Finding the disease early can save your life.
I have HNPCC hereditary non-polyposis colorectal carcinoma. People with the mutated HNPCC gene have huge risks for gastrointestional cancers such as colon and pancreatic as well as uterine.
I would encourage you to discuss this with your doctor and ask for a referral to a genetic counselor. The genetic counselor will discuss your risks and advise you on whether a genetic test is appropriate for you.
In my case, if I had sought genetic counseling earlier I would have found out my huge risk for colon cancer (80%) and the appropriate course would have been annual colonoscopy (along with other tests). This would have caught the polyp early before cancer had begun.
Good luck. Karen
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