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Less than 10% of bowel cancer patients at high risk of Lynch Syndrome are screened for the condition | Beating Bowel Cancer


HomeLess than 10% of bowel cancer patients at high risk of Lynch Syndrome are screened for the condition

Research published in the journal Gastroenterology has found that fewer than 10% of bowel cancer patients who are at high risk of having Lynch Syndrome are appropriately screened for the condition in the United Kingdom.

Lynch Syndrome is an inherited genetic disorder which affects the genes responsible for detecting and repairing damage in the DNA, around half of whom develop cancer, mainly in the bowel and womb. Lynch Syndrome causes around 3% of bowel cancer cases in the UK.

When several members of the same family are diagnosed with bowel cancer it is recommended that they are screened for Lynch Syndrome.

Researchers investigated the clinical pathways of 554 bowel cancer patients in two UK hospitals. They found that fewer than 10% of bowel cancer patients who were at high risk of Lynch Syndrome were appropriately screened for the condition.

For the abstract as presented at Digestive Diseases Week, San Diego May 2012 click here.

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Service lead for Family History of Bowel Cancer Clinic

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