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Just when you thought it was safe to set foot back home, life goes and tosses you a curve ball!

Here I was all ready to settle down to some quiet work at my own pace, when I received a call from my sister.

Over the week whilst I had been away, my mother has been admitted to hospital and this morning underwent surgery for colon cancer.  This is the second time she has been under the knife for colon cancer – the first was almost 20 years ago now.

Across town in another hospital is her elder brother, also readmitted this week as scans had revealed his condition had worsened.  He is also a cancer survivor – however the tumours they have found this time are unrelated to the first occurrence.

We have genetic testing in place for breast cancer – I wonder is there a general profile testing procedure that would be of some help in tracking cancers of any kind in families?  Can the cases of my mother and uncle be attributed to exposure to some carcinogenic substance in their misspent youths?

Answers to these questions won’t help either of them in their fight for health, however it might offer some hope to the future generations.

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