If you aren’t sure when to start getting colonoscopies andmammograms, just think family history.

According to a multi-institutional study published in the July13 issue of the Journal of the American MedicalAssociation, changes in family history significant enough toalter screening recommendations are common in adults ages 30 to50.

About 22 percent of individuals have a family history thatsuggests familial or hereditary predisposition to cancer, the studyreports. However, little is known about how risk changes over timeand if those changes may qualify patients as candidates for earlieror more intense screening.

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