Many gastrointestinal diseases and cancers can be inherited
or can be due to genetic mutations.
Polyposis syndromes which cause colon and other intestinal
polyps can increase your risk for cancer, and can be inherited or
passed on to your children. They can also increase your risk for
other non GI cancers like ovarian, uterine, thyroid, and pancreas.
Pancreatic cancer can also be increased with certain genetic
variations. Early screening can save lives for high risk genetics.
Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and hereditary
hemochromatosis (Iron storage disease) can also be genetically inherited.
A simple blood test obtained in the office can determine if you are at risk for a number of cancers and diseases. This is especially helpful if they run in your family, or if you have a disease or cancer that can be passed to your children.