Lynch syndrome awareness – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Experts recommend that all individuals with a new diagnosis of colorectal cancer be offered genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, an inherited cancer of the digestive tract. Dr. Henry Lynch, an NIH grantee who discovered the syndrome, says doing a family history is also important.
Lynch: We urge patients to develop as detailed a family history as they possibly can because it is one that can involve many members of the family.
Narrator: About three percent of colorectal cancer cases are due to Lynch syndrome. Parents, children, sisters, and brothers of people with Lynch syndrome have a 50% chance of having this condition. For details, visit the website rarediseases.info.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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