Hereditary Cancer: Know Your History, Know Your Risks (Infographic)

Among the risk factors for colon cancer, family history is certainly one of the most important ones.

The average person's lifetime risk for colon cancer is about 1 in 20, but that number more than doubles if that person has at least one first-degree relative with colon cancer.

A family history also puts you at greater risk for other types of cancer, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Talk to your relatives to get a better understanding of your family's cancer history, and then talk to your doctor about what you've learned.

Fighting hereditary cancer starts with awareness and communication.

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Original source: Myriad Genetics

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Topics: Colon Cancer Information, Infographic of the Week