Adenomas in 2nd- and 3rd-degree relatives linked to CRC risk

10/28/2013 | HealthDay News

An analysis of data from almost 127,000 people ages 50 to 80 showed first-, second- and third-degree relatives of people with adenomas or advanced adenomas had a greater risk of developing colon cancer than relatives of patients without these polyps. "We expected to see increased risk in first-degree relatives, but we weren't sure the risk would also be higher for more distant relatives in multiple generations," said researcher Dr. N. Jewel Samadder. The findings suggest more aggressive screening guidelines might be needed for more distant relatives of patients with a history of lesions.

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