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When should you get screened for Lynch syndrome?

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It’s very important to get screened for Lynch syndrome if even one of these things is true for you:

  • Three of your relatives had or has colorectal cancer
  • You have a relative under age 50 who has or had colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal cancer has been in two generations of your family (like a great aunt and a cousin, or a grandparent and parent)

From: Lynch Syndrome: Get the Facts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for Colon Cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Cancer Genetics & Prevention: Lynch Syndrome."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "HNPCC."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Lynch Syndrome."

Cancer.net: "Lynch Syndrome."

NIH/Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Turcot syndrome."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 14, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for Colon Cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Cancer Genetics & Prevention: Lynch Syndrome."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "HNPCC."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Lynch Syndrome."

Cancer.net: "Lynch Syndrome."

NIH/Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Turcot syndrome."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 14, 2017

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