Genetics of colorectal cancer 

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Genetics of colorectal cancer 


What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer starts in your colon (large intestine), the long tube that helps carry digested food to your rectum and out of your body. Colon cancer develops from certain polyps or growths in the inner lining of your colon. Healthcare providers have screening tests that detect precancerous polyps before they can become cancerous tumors. Colon cancer that’s not detected or treated may spread to other areas of your body.


How was the research done?

Researchers want to study colorectal cancer in different groups of people to see if there are any genetic factors that make some people more likely to get it. They also want to see if things like being overweight, or smoking can make a difference. Finally, they want to develop ways to predict who is at risk for colorectal cancer based on their race and ethnicity.


What is the importance of this study?

This study will help allow researchers to identify genetic factors that may cause some people to be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than others. The importance of this is that it can allow doctors to identify and treat those at an earlier stage and can help with better outcomes.