Be aware of the RED FLAGS!
Lynch syndrome and inherited polyposis syndromes are caused by genetic mutations that run in families and can increase your lifetime chance of getting colorectal cancer to 80% or higher.
- Diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer before 50
- Diagnosed with uterine/endometrial cancer before 50
- Have had 10 or more colon polyps over a lifetime
- Two or more same-side family members diagnosed with colon, rectal or other Lynch-related cancers at any age (brain, breast, biliary tract, kidney, melanoma, ovarian, pancreas, small bowel, stomach, or uterine/endometrial)
Dig up your family’s cancer history. If you or your biological relatives meet any of the above criteria, you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer and could benefit from a cancer genetics evaluation. Talk to your doctor or call our toll-free Answer Line at 877-427-2111.
These free downloadable documents will help you get started.
- 5 Questions to Ask Your Family
- Is Cancer Lurking in Your Family Tree?
- Lynch Syndrome: All in the Family
- Webinar recording: “Talking Turkey About Lynch Syndrome,” featuring patient Brian Mansfield, his doctor Bill Harb and genetics expert Heather Hampel
- The Hereditary Cancer Quiz by Myriad Genetics
- National Institutes of Health
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Webinar recording: “Does Colorectal Cancer Run in Your Family,” featuring Dr. Henry Lynch and the late Kate Murphy