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Does Colorectal Cancer Run in Your Family?

The short answer is probably not. Most colorectal cancer develops as we age without any notable family history.

But about one in five people with colorectal cancer will have a close family link.

Getting to know that risk is important.

It may mean earlier or more frequent screening. It definitely means talking to your family, learning about Aunt Mary’s uterine cancer, Dad’s polyps, or Grandmother’s stomach problems when she was 35. It means telling them about your own cancer or polyps.

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has a new website to help you search and share your family history with Family PLZ.

Family PLZ shows you how to put a family health history together and what to do with the information.

Some resources for compiling your family health history gathered by Family PLZ

What Does Your Risk Mean?

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