Colon Polyp and Colon Cancer Family Study

Colon cancer research is important

Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among adult Americans.  One third of Americans over the age of 50 have colon polyps which may develop into cancer. Researchers at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center are conducting a genetic study of families that have had colon cancer or colon polyps.

The goal of the study is to identify new genes related to the development of colon cancer or colon polyps in families. If you or someone in your family has had colon cancer or colon polyps your family may be eligible to join the Colon Polyp and Colon Cancer Family Study.

Eligibility 

All adults who have had colon cancer or colon polyps at or before the age of 65 years are potentially eligible to enter the study. In addition, living parents and brothers and sisters of individuals who have had colon cancer or colon polyps are eligible to enter the study. Study participants will be asked to give a sample of blood to help researchers find new genes related to colon cancer in families.

Participation

Participation is easy and involves no travel and no special procedures. Everything can be done by mail. Participants will be asked to:

  • Donate a small sample of blood, usually just one time.
  • Sign a medical record release authorization to allow the study to obtain documentation of past colon screening test results.
  • Fill out a family history questionnaire that asks for the history of any kind of cancer in the extended family.

Learn more

For more information about the Colon Polyp and Colon Cancer Family study call Susan Lewis, study coordinator, at our toll-free number 1.877.993.9936 or locally at 216.368.0497. You can also email us at susan.lewis@case.edu.