Lynch syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. People with this condition are at a higher risk for developing certain types of cancer, particularly of the colon. Approximately 140,000 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year, and three to five percent of those cases cite Lynch syndrome as the cause, according to the National Institutes of Health. Lynch syndrome is also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC).


1. Increased Cancer Risk

The most common types of cancer that people with Lynch syndrome tend to develop are colorectal and endometrial cancer. Although this disorder does not generally lead to non-cancerous polyps or growths in the colon, some people may develop them. Other diseases associated with Lynch syndrome include cancer of the

  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Urinary tract
  • Ovaries
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