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Family may improve colon cancer odds

June 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A family history of colo-rectal cancer increases your odds of getting it, but a new report reveals a positive side to having a family history.Researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed more than a thousand colon cancer patients.

Those with a sibling or parent diagnosed with the disease increased their chance of survival.

Scientists say these patients appear to have a genetic trait that makes the cancer less aggressive.


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