Between 2% to 5% of all colon cancers arise in the setting of well defined inherited syndromes, including Lynch syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis
Inherited colorectal cancers are less common (about 5%) and occur when gene mutations, or changes, are passed within a family from 1 generation to the next .
The gastroenterologists at Johns Hopkins answer questions about familial colorectal cancer.
What's meant by a family history of bowel cancer and how does it affect risk? Learn about inherited gene changes, how understanding your family risk can help .