See your doctor

Your own doctor is the clinician who better knows your case, and, as such, the best person to accompany you through this process. It is essential to talk with him/her about your family history, and to clear any doubts. 

Try to give precise information focusing on those things that are most relevant to the disease (check them ). To these, your doctor will add your own clinical details. 

If your data suggest high-risk of colorectal cancer, your doctor might refer you to a genetic clinic (or familial risk clinic), which will be able to evaluate your familial risk of disease properly. 

These services can be run by the National Health Service or, if you have health insurance, through your insurance company.

In the USA, to find a genetics specialist in your area, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) offers a searchable directory of genetic counselors in the United States and Canada. Search can be by location, name, area of practice/specialization, and/or ZIP Code.

The role of these services is to closely follow individuals with a strong family history of colorectal cancer, helping in the elaboration of a plan to prevent and surveil the disease.

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