Approximately 4.3% of people will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetimes. There are many different causes and risk factors for developing colon cancer, including genetics, environment, and chance. As with most cancers, a specific cause for the great majority of colon cancers cannot be identified. Rather it is likely that there are multiple factors which play a part in the development of the cancer. The good news is that screening for colon cancer is highly effective in reducing the frequency and severity of colon cancer, both in the general population as well as for persons with a hereditary risk.
Some of the factors that are known to increase the risk for colon cancer are:
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*Positive Results Facebook Group
Genetic Support Foundation hosts a Facebook group for Hereditary Cancer Support and Resources. Get trusted information and join a community of support.
*Cascade Screening Connector
Genetic Support Foundation has partnered with the Washington State Department of Health to provide cascade screening to help people identify and contact family members who may have an increased chance of developing cancer.
*FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
The FORCE mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary cancer. Resources include peer navigation and expert-reviewed information.
*AliveAndKicknAliveAndKickn is a nonprofit working to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by Lynch Syndrome and associated cancers through research, education, and screening.
*Health Experiences USAThis national research project brings patient voices into the healthcare experience and features video clips of people facing hereditary cancer. Individuals from a variety of backgrounds share both positive and negative experiences about living with hereditary cancer.
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