EGL Genetics Blog

New Evidence May Suggest Earlier Screening for Colorectal Cancers

Posted by Eleina Cox on Mar 8, 2017 3:00:00 PM

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) published an article indicating that since the mid-1980 and 1990's, colon cancer incidence rates have decreased in individuals 55 and older, while increasing in adults ages 20-50. This new evidence has prompted a discussion as to whether screening should start earlier than the current recommendation of 50 years old in a person with average risk. Recommendations for earlier screening have already been established for high-risk individuals, i.e. individuals with a first degree relative diagnosed with colorectal cancer before age 60. 

With the exclusion of skin cancers, the American Cancer Society reports colorectal cancer as the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 for men and 1 in 23 for women; therefore earlier screening may increase prevention and lower the lifetime risks.

Individuals with a personal and/or family history of an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome have a higher risk than the general population to develop colorectal cancer, therefore screening is recommended at a much earlier age which can be specific to each syndrome. There are several syndromes associated with hereditary colorectal cancer. The three most common are Lynch syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), and MYH-associated polyposis (MAP), which account for up to 5% of all colon cancer cases. 

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Topics: genetic testing, colorectal cancer, cancer, screening, awareness, genetic counseling, advocacy, lynch syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis

EGL Features The Miller Family For National Caregivers Month

Posted by Derek Stevens on Nov 17, 2016 11:17:00 AM

This month's guest blogger, Peggy, shares a personal story about her son, Bret, and the foundation that came from a shocking diagnosis.

My name is Peggy Miller. I am a mother of four and on April 28, 2010 I received an unimaginable task from God. Bret, my second son, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. He discovered a lump on his right breast at 17, but all the doctors told us is that it was calcium and he was becoming a man. At the time, our family didn’t know where to turn.

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Topics: cancer, breast cancer, male breast cancer, caregiver

Colorectal Cancer: Hope Against All Odds

Posted by Antonio Shaw on Mar 17, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer in the United States, second only to lung cancer. In fact, 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. However, even with such grim numbers, this cancer does not have to be as deadly as it has been historically. Continue reading for general information, statistics, and online resources that may help you beat the odds against this disease.

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Topics: genetic testing, colorectal cancer, cancer, screening, statistics

 

 

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