Nov 2012 Webinar: Talking Turkey about Lynch Syndrome

Brian Mansfield, a music critic for USA Today, didn’t know he had Lynch syndrome until he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer earlier this year at the age of 48. After his diagnosis, he began talking with his family about their health history, “then the family tree lit up like a Christmas tree.” Brian is chronicling his journey through a weekly USA Today online column, “My Semicolon Life.”

– Were you diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer before the age of 50?
– Was anyone in your family diagnosed with colon cancer before the age of 50?
– Was anyone in your family diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer before the age of 50?
– Are there cancers across several generations on one side of your family?

If you answered YES to just one of these questions, it’s time to talk turkey about Lynch syndrome.

Lynch syndrome is an inherited genetic mutation, and having it increases your chance of getting colorectal cancer to 80%. Unfortunately, nearly every person living with Lynch syndrome is completely unaware of it.

Lynch syndrome also puts you at higher risk for brain, breast, kidney, melanoma, ovarian, pancreas, small bowel, stomach, or uterine/endometrial cancers. Knowledge is power and will help your medical team act more aggressively with their screening measures.

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NOTE: at aprox 16 min into the presentation we lost our moderator due to Internet traffic issues – the speakers however were able to continue. At aprx 18 min into the session we had a backup moderator advancing the slide deck and we changed out the audio. We apologize for the disruption.
View/download the slides from the webinar

Download materials to help you get the conversation started with your family

Learn more about Brian and his journey

Fight Colorectal Cancer thanks the following organizations for their support of our 2012 Lynch Syndrome Awareness Campaign