If you believe colorectal cancer runs in your family, you and your family members may be eligible to participate in the Early Detection and Prevention Program for Colon Cancer at the HonorHealth Research Institute.
Improving the ability to detect colon cancer early is a key research priority at the HonorHealth Research Institute.
Consider participating in the program if you have any of the following personal or family history:
- 50 or older and never screened for colon cancer.
- Family history of colon cancer or colon polyps.
- Family history of breast and ovarian cancer.
- Known gene mutation associated with colon cancer (such as familial adenomatous polyposis, Lynch syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome).
- Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Studying colon cancer genes
"Family history is a powerful indicator of risk for colon cancer," said Sunil Sharma, MD, who's leading the research effort. "That risk increases with the number of family members — first- and second-degree — who are affected. If your family has a history of colorectal, breast or endometrial cancer, you would be eligible to participate. We're using the best technology to study colon cancer genes to develop a noninvasive test that doesn't involve colonoscopy to detect colorectal cancer."
The Early Detection Research and Prevention Program for Colon Cancer will:
- Collect blood and order panels of tests to determine the genetic risk of colorectal cancers.
- Provide appropriate referrals for colonoscopies.
- Look at the tumor genetics of family members who have colorectal cancers to discover any clues to inheritable colon cancers.
- Provide referrals to genetic counselors, if required.
- Treat and help you manage colorectal cancer.
Ultimately, researchers at the HonorHealth Research Institute hope to improve noninvasive testing for colorectal cancer, encourage families to get tested if they know of cancers in their family and increase the overall screening rate among Arizonans.