Since cracking the human genome, there’s been some amazing discoveries impacting families around the world. While some inherited predispositions for cancers such as the BRCA genes (breast cancer) are well known, there are many other types of cancers that can be inherited.
Lynch Syndrome is an inherited genetic mutation, linking many seemingly unrelated cancers, especially bowel, ovarian and endometrial (lining of the uterus cancers. There are 12 different primary cancers that are currently connected to this ‘syndrome’.
People who’ve inherited these genes are at a significantly higher risk to get these cancers and at a much earlier age. It’s estimated that 1:280 people have the ‘Lynch genes’ but only 5 -10% know they do. What’s more, if an immediate family member has the gene, there’s a 50% chance of you also having inherited it. Knowledge and awareness is empowering, leading to early detection before a cancer spreads.
In this short video I chat with Kath Cornthwaite, a bowel cancer research nurse and cancer survivor about Lynch, how it’s impacted her family and the advantages of being tested for it.
For your personal wellbeing, as well as to grow your awareness if you’re a health professional, watch the video, find out more about Lynch Syndrome, the diverse types of cancers that are associated with it and how to assess your risk.
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