Having a family history of colon cancer (more than two close relatives with the disease) can raise your risk of getting colon cancer.
That’s why it’s important to know whether colorectal cancer runs in your family — and why Rush created the Sandra Rosenberg Registry for Hereditary and Familial Colon Cancer, the only active registry of its kind in Illinois.
Through the registry, specialists at Rush offer a full range of services for people with a history of colon cancer and their families, including the following:
- Identification of people at high risk based on family history, history of cancer or history of gastrointestinal polyps
- Help with choosing and accessing appropriate screening and surveillance tests
- Individualized genetic testing and genetic counseling from specialists at the Rush Inherited Susceptibilities to Cancer Clinic
- Testing to evaluate tumor or polyp specimens for conditions that may affect cancer risk
- Education for patients and families about determining and managing their risk of cancer and related conditions, including inherited colon cancer syndromes and gastrointestinal polyposis syndromes
- Opportunities to participate in research projects that aim to improve doctors' understanding of risk and enhance risk management for patients and their families
For more information, see our FAQs about colon cancer registries.