Lynch Syndrome | HNPCC

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.

Were you or a family member…

  • 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.

Use family gatherings as an opportunity to talk about your health history

These free downloadable documents will help you get started.

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Reviewed by Heather Hampel, 9/30, The Ohio State University

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