By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 15, 2021 (HealthDay Information) — Colon most cancers threat runs in households, and it isn’t only a guardian or sibling having had the illness that ought to concern you.

You probably have a second- or third-degree relative who had colon cancer at an early age, your odds of getting the illness considerably improve, a brand new research finds.

First-degree family members embody mother and father, kids and siblings. Second-degree family members embody aunts, uncles, grandparents, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Third-degree family members embody first cousins, great-grandparents and great-grandchildren.

“Our research supplies new perception into the magnitude of threat for extra distant family members of colorectal most cancers circumstances, and specifically, for family members of circumstances who have been recognized earlier than age 50,” stated researcher Heather Ochs-Balcom, an affiliate professor of epidemiology and environmental well being with the College at Buffalo (N.Y.) College of Public Well being and Well being Professions.

“This work is essential given the rising charges of early-onset colorectal most cancers,” she stated in a college information launch. The researchers, from the College at Buffalo and the College of Utah, referred to early-onset colon most cancers as circumstances recognized earlier than age 50.

First-degree family members of somebody recognized with early-onset colon most cancers are six occasions extra more likely to develop colon most cancers earlier than age 50; second-degree family members are thrice extra possible, and third-degree family members are about 1.5 occasions extra possible, investigators discovered.

For the research, they reviewed greater than 1,500 early-onset colon most cancers circumstances within the Utah Most cancers Registry.

Researchers additionally discovered that folks have a 2.6-fold larger threat of colon most cancers at any age if they’ve a first-degree relative with early-onset colon most cancers. And the chance is about two occasions larger for second-degree family members, and 1.3 occasions larger for third-degree family members.

These findings recommend {that a} colonoscopy screening earlier than age 50 could also be useful for second-degree family members and presumably third-degree family members of somebody who developed colon most cancers, not simply fast relations.

The report was printed in August within the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

Extra info

For extra on colon most cancers, see the American Cancer Society.

SOURCE: College at Buffalo, information launch, Sept. 13, 2021