Annual Colonoscopy for Lynch Syndrome

Annual colonoscopies for people with Lynch syndrome (HNPCC or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer) successfully find cancers at an early stage. A recent study by the German HNPCC Consortium confirmed the effectiveness of annual colonoscopies to find colorectal cancers at a curable stage.  Regular colonoscopies found…

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Old Chemo Drug May Fight Lynch Syndrome

Methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug used as long ago as the 1940’s, may be effective against colorectal cancers caused by mutations in a gene that is part of Lynch syndrome. The drug targeted and destroyed cells that contained mutated MSH2 genes. Inherited mutations in MSH2 prevent…

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Running to Raise Lynch Syndrome Awareness

Selena Martinez ran the Santa Cruz Half Marathon on April 19th to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome, or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), a genetic condition that greatly increases risk for colorectal and other cancers. The Santa Cruz was the third of eight half marathons, Martinez…

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Lynch Syndrome Children Diagnosed Earlier than Their Parents

In inherited medical conditions, anticipation refers to situations where children develop inherited diseases earlier than their parents.  Anticipation appears to be at work in Lynch syndrome with children being diagnosed with cancer an average of 10 years earlier than their affected parent.

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Finding Polyps Missed During Colonoscopies for Lynch Syndrome

Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer) greatly increases the risk for colon and rectal cancer. People with the gene have about an 8 in 10 chance of getting colon cancer during their lives. Because Lynch cancers develop quickly and grow rapidly, it’s…

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Lynch Syndrome Colon Cancers Show Better Survival

A new study finds colorectal cancer patients with Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC) have better survival than patients without the inherited form of the disease.  Overall, 94 percent of Lynch syndrome patients were alive five years after their diagnosis compared to 75…

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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In 2008 nearly 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 15,500 will die. Sometimes called the disease that whispers, ovarian cancer symptoms are often not recognized until its late stages when it is most deadly.  Found early, ovarian cancer is 90…

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Early Onset Endometrial Cancer Signals Lynch Syndrome

Women who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer under the age of 50 had tumors with signs of Lynch syndrome in a significant number of cases.  Lynch syndrome or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) greatly increases the lifetime risk of both colorectal and endometrial cancer. Researchers…

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