From Our 2006 Archives

Health Tip: Rare Condition Predisposes People to Cancer

(HealthDay News) -- Some people are at high risk for colorectal cancer because of a genetic mutation known as Lynch syndrome.

People with Lynch syndrome have more than an 80 percent chance of developing colorectal cancer, usually at a younger age than colorectal cancer attributed to other causes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Lynch syndrome is responsible for about 3 percent to 4 percent of colorectal cancer cases, the Mayo Clinic says.

Symptoms of Lynch syndrome, typical of colorectal cancer in general, include:

  • Constipation or diarrhea that persists for several days.
  • Visible blood in the stool.
  • Abdominal cramps or pain.
  • Fatigue or weakness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

Genetic testing can determine if you have the disorder.

-- Deborah DiSesa Hirsch

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