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Hello, do you have any information on familial polyposis? If so, does your info find more women than men w/this disease? Thanks, Deb

Thanks for your note to Feminist.com. In response to your question about "familial polyposis" I learned the following from the Boston Women's Health Book Collective's Ourselves Growing Older." (available from the Feminist.com Bookstore). "Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the U.S.....Who Is at Higher Than Usual Risk....People with bowel diseases which are not cancer in themselves but often lead to cancer--i.e. familial polyposis--in this condition, the bowel is studded with polyps and examinations should begin much earlier, even in adolescence. The disease is inherited and leads to cancer in 50 percent of the cases. Close blood relatives of anyone who has this condition should be examined early and periodically, for they might develop the same life-threatening disease..."

I hope that helps


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