Study identifies periods in life to change cancer risk


July 12, 2011 2:56:38 PM PDT
A study in the journal of the American Medical Association identifies specific periods of life when cancer history is most likely to change.

That in turn can change an individual's own cancer risk.

They found that the percentage of people who met the criteria for high-risk screening for colorectal, breast and prostate cancers increased from age 30 to 50.

The authors recommend a patient's family history of cancer be updated every five to ten years.