First Degree Relatives

  Population considerations:

  • Increased risk not always identified. There are some genetic syndromes that are associated with a significant increase in one’s risk for colorectal cancer. Nevertheless, healthcare providers often fail to identify those at greatest risk for disease (Maradiegue, 2008).

  Strategies to address these considerations:

  • Improve provider competence.  Providers should be taught the importance of checking a patient’s family history. The extended family history is the first step in recognizing an individual’s risk level (Maradiegue, 2008).

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