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Health Tip: Rare Condition Predisposes People to Cancer
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(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:
Genetic testing can determine if you have the disorder.
-- Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
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