How should a family history of cancer affect the timing of my Colonoscopy screenings? 

I have a long family history of various kinds of fatal cancer, but only my grandmother had colorectal cancer specifically. Should I still consider myself high-risk and start screening earlier than 45 years of age? How do I decide when’s the right time?

Healthcare Providers (2)

First degree relatives with colon cancer increase your risk and you should get colonoscopy more frequently (every 5 years).

I would suggest you review your family history with a gastroenterologist. It depends on the age the cancer was diagnosed.

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