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Genetics: Colorectal Cancer

Ovarian Cancer as Part of Lynch Syndrome
Ovarian Cancer as Part of Lynch Syndrome A woman is at increased risk for ovarian cancer if she has Lynch syndrome, also called hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC). Lynch syndrome is an autosomal dominant genetic cancer syndrome. Having this syndrome means a woman has a 4 to 12 percent risk for ovarian cancer by about 42 years of age. About 30 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are diagnosed before age 40. A clinical diagnosis of Lynch syndrome is made when the following characteris...