Q: If Im at high risk for colon and rectal cancer, whats the likelihood that Ill contract the disease?
A:Being at high risk of developing colorectal cancer does not mean developing the disease is inevitable. In fact, the actual likelihood of contracting a cancer of the colon or rectum isn’t as high as one would assume. High risk groups account for only 23 percent of all colorectal cancers, proving that most people who are at risk for developing the disease never actually do.
It’s important to remember, however, that cancer can develop in just about anyone. Even people who are at low risk of developing colorectal cancer can someday contract the disease. It should also be noted that it is quite difficult for someone who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer to know whether or not certain risk factors actually contributed to him or her developing the cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer in Georgia and feel it was misdiagnosed or detected late by your doctor, please request a copy of our free book, I Have Cancer...Should It Have Been Caught Earlier?, or contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice and colorectal cancer lawyer at the Dover Law Firm at 770-518-1133 for more information or to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.