How are patients with hereditary familial syndromes screened for colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Those genetically diagnosed or suspected of having hereditary familial syndromes such as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer syndrome (HNPCC) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) should be treated as having high risk of developing colon and rectal cancer. These patients should adhere to a more intense surveillance protocol. [60] For more information, see Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and Hereditary Colorectal Cancer.


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