"Lynch syndrome is an inherited genetic condition that makes you more likely to get colorectal (colon) and other types of cancer. If you have Lynch syndrome, you can take steps to reduce your chances of getting cancer or find cancer early. To find out if you have Lynch syndrome, collect your family health history, share it with your doctor and have any screenings your doctor recommends. If you have Lynch syndrome, be sure to tell your family members.
What is Lynch Syndrome?
Lynch syndrome is a hereditary cancer syndrome, meaning that it is caused by inherited genetic changes, or mutations. If you have Lynch syndrome, your parents, children, sisters, and brothers have a 50% (1 in 2) chance of having the condition. People with Lynch syndrome are much more likely to develop colorectal and endometrial (uterine) cancer, especially at a young age (before 50). Dave has Lynch syndrome and had colorectal cancer at 28. Amy found out she has Lynch syndrome when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer days after turning 47.
Why is it Important to Know if You Have Lynch Syndrome?
If you or your family members have Lynch syndrome, your doctor can help you take steps to reduce your chance of getting cancer or find cancer early if you get it. Your doctor may recommend the following:
- Starting screening at a younger age
- Getting screened more frequently
- Using colonoscopy only instead of other tests..."