March 26, 2018
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and we want to share another important tip to help lower your risk for developing these cancers.
What is Lynch Syndrome?
Lynch syndrome is a genetic condition. This means that the cancer risk can be passed from generation to generation in a family. People who have it have a higher than normal chance of developing cancer, especially colorectal cancer. Lynch Syndrome International says children of a Lynch syndrome parent possess a 50% risk of acquiring a mutation and those with Lynch syndrome carry up to an 85% risk of contracting colon cancer.
How can I find out if I have Lynch Syndrome?
Lynch Syndrome can be confirmed through a blood test that can determine if someone carries a mutation that can be passed down. However, not all families with Lynch syndrome will have an identifiable mutation.
If you are concerned about your risk of developing colon or colorectal cancer, talk with your doctor. After discussing your concerns and your family history, he or she will determine if genetic testing may be right for you.
At OHC, we have a genetic testing program that is open to the public; you don’t have to be an OHC patient. Our cancer genetic counselors will discuss with you:
- Your personal and medical history and cancer screening history
- Your family history of cancer
- Risk assessment for a hereditary cancer syndrome
- Appropriate genetic testing options based on your history
- Benefits and limitations of genetic testing
People who test positive for a gene mutation are presented with options for a proactive, individualized care plan that could include surveillance, risk reduction medications, or preventative surgery. For example, if you test positive for Lynch Syndrome, your doctor may recommend you begin colonoscopies earlier than age 50 and more frequently.
If you’d like to talk with someone about genetic testing, call us at 1-800-710-4674 and or click Request An Appointment and we’d be happy to schedule an appointment for you with one of our counselors.
To learn more about our program, read What is Genetic Testing and Why is it so Important? by Karyn M. Dyehouse, MD, Medical Oncologist and Chief Medical Officer with OHC.Comments (0)