Colorectal screening program to begin for high-risk families

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Provincial Medical Genetics program, in collaboration with regional health authorities, is undertaking an initiative to identify families at high risk to develop colorectal cancer.
Through this initiative, Community Genetics Clinics will be established in St. John's, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook within the next few months.
According to a news release, all individuals who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer will be asked to visit the nearest clinic for assessment, to determine both family history and family risk for the disease.
If indicated, DNA tests will be performed on individuals with genetic anomalies (mutations) which make them more likely to develop colorectal cancer. Carriers of this genetic predisposition, along with members from high risk families in whom the genetic cause is not known, will be entered in screening programs, which include regular colonoscopies. The community clinics will organize the screening tests and forward results to family physicians.

Geographic location: St. John's, Corner Brook

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  • Roxanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    The Colectoral Screening is a wonderful thing for people with this disease in their family, but we still need GP's in the province to actually take the time with their patients to listen to their patients and send them for testing whether this disease is in the family or not.

    My mother was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer last year, but it was shown in her blood work up to 3 years ago, and her GP did not do anything about it. All she did was tell my mother to go home and exercise and lose weight, well she lost her weight alright, after she ended up in emergency surgery and had half her bowel removed.

    I guess this screening will be good for me and my siblings, but after seeing my mother suffer the way she did, to little to late in my opinon

  • Geneva
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    What about families where a person's parents have already died with the cause being bowel cancer. Can the surviving family members be part of the screening project?

  • Roxanne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    The Colectoral Screening is a wonderful thing for people with this disease in their family, but we still need GP's in the province to actually take the time with their patients to listen to their patients and send them for testing whether this disease is in the family or not.

    My mother was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer last year, but it was shown in her blood work up to 3 years ago, and her GP did not do anything about it. All she did was tell my mother to go home and exercise and lose weight, well she lost her weight alright, after she ended up in emergency surgery and had half her bowel removed.

    I guess this screening will be good for me and my siblings, but after seeing my mother suffer the way she did, to little to late in my opinon

  • Geneva
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    What about families where a person's parents have already died with the cause being bowel cancer. Can the surviving family members be part of the screening project?