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Other Names for this Disease
- Colon cancer, familial nonpolyposis
- Colorectal cancer, hereditary nonpolyposis
- Familial nonpolyposis colon cancer
- Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer
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Lynch syndrome cancer risk is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one inherited copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to increase cancer risk. It is important to note that people inherit an increased risk of cancer, not the disease itself. Not all people who inherit mutations in these genes will develop cancer.
Last updated: 10/23/2012
- Lynch syndrome. Genetics Home Reference Web site. April 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=lynchsyndrome. Accessed 7/1/2011.