Lynch syndrome

Overview

What is Lynch syndrome?

Lynch syndrome is a cancer condition caused by genetic changes in the MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, or EPCAM genes. Genetic changes in these genes can be passed from parent to child. In other words, Lynch syndrome runs in families. Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of hereditary colon cancer. People with a genetic change in a gene associated with Lynch syndrome have an increased risk for certain types of cancer, including colorectal, uterine, ovarian, and stomach cancers. Both men and women can have Lynch syndrome.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/lynch-syndrome-i-4736/overview/2185 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-07-16

References

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lynch-syndrome

Contact a ThinkGenetic Counselor

Do you have additional questions that haven't been answered? Ask a ThinkGenetic Counselor — a real expert in the field of genetics. Just fill out this form to send an email. We will be in touch within 48 hours.

Please sign me up for your mailing list.

This content comes from a hidden element on this page.

The inline option preserves bound JavaScript events and changes, and it puts the content back where it came from when it is closed.

Remember Me

Welcome to the ThinkGenetic beta. More content is added weekly so come back and check often. Please provide your feedback by filling out a contact us form.