Yes, I also think there is a family connection. My paternal grandmother died of some colon ailment (not sure because she was 34 when she died, could have been colon cancer but this was all before I was born) and they really weren't aware of these illnesses then. My father died from complications of Crohn's disease in 1988. I also hope this cycle is broken and I have not passed this to my children.
UC since 1995 - Entire colon
Currently on Canasa, 6MP, & Lialda