YOUR FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY
You may be at greater risk for some cancers if you have a personal or family history of cancer or certain diseases. To help determine your risk, complete this family medical history chart and share it with your health care professional and other family members.
For each blood relative, mark in the box if they have had cancer, the type of cancer they had and at what age they had it. This will help you and your health care professional decide which cancer screenings you may need and when to begin them.
Share this information with your health care professional to see when you should begin cancer screening.
FAMILY HISTORY OF COLON CANCER
About 10% of the population has a first degree relative with colon cancer. First and second degree relatives (children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews) of a person with a history of colon cancer are more likely to develop this disease themselves, especially if the relative had the cancer at a young age. If many close relatives have a history of colon cancer, the risk is even greater. Because of this, U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening starting at age 40 for these high-risk individuals or 10 years earlier than the youngest age of colon cancer diagnosis for any affected relative.
To help you determine and track your family health history, please use our Family Health Tree. Print it, fill it out and take with you to discuss with your healthcare provider – it’s a clear way to spell out your potential risk.
In fact, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to keep track of whatever symptoms you may be having, so we created a Colon Cancer Symptoms Diary. Just download it, fill out and take it with your to your doctor. There’s no easier way to track what’s going on with your body!