Lynch syndrome


How common is Lynch syndrome?

Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of hereditary colorectal cancer. More specifically, Lynch syndrome accounts for 2-4% of all colorectal cancers. Less than 1% of the general population (1 in 440 people) has a genetic change, or mutation, in a gene associated with Lynch syndrome.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2020-01-09


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