Study Finds Strong Link Between Genes And Risk For Multiple Colon Polyps

HealthDay (8/1, Mundell) reports, “A new study finds a strong correlation between certain genes passed down through families and the odds of multiple colon polyps discovered by colonoscopy. The findings could point the way to deciding who will benefit from gene testing when assessing risks for colon cancer.” The study, published in the August 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that “the number of colorectal polyps a patient had ‘was strongly associated’ with the presence or absence of these genetic mutations.”