Back in November I wrote about an appointment that I’d had to discuss whether or not my cancer had a genetic constituent, and hence whether or not my children needed to be especially worried about contracting it too. Part of that appointment was to ask me to agree to have some tests run, which I did.
Those results turned up yesterday.
What they were testing for is a condition called hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) which can be passed on genetically. And the good news is that it is unlikely (from the tests that they can run) that I have this, and therefore it’s unlikely that my children will be at an elevated risk of also contracting this cancer – at least not from this hereditary factor anyway.
So saying, they still recommend that because of the early age that I contracted this cancer at, my children should all be offered screening for bowel cancer from the age of 40 onwards. This would currently be done by colonoscopy, but of course, in 25 years time when my eldest reaches that age, there may be better ways. Let’s hope that by then they have less invasive treatments too.