Not your average post from me today, but I hope you’ll read on.
Today is Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in Colorado and 49 other states.
Typically, endometrial cancer is seen in women who are quite a bit older and quite a bit heavier. Women with diabetes are often at risk, as are women who have never been pregnant.
I don’t fit the profile.
Yet, I do.
For endometrial cancer is one cancer within a family of cancers known as Lynch Syndrome.
Lynch Syndrome has another name: Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer or HNPCC.
For at least five years, we’ve know that part of our family carried the HNPCC mutation.
But we, along with our doctors, fixated on two things.
First, we focused on the CC part of HNPCC.
If I were male, that would have been appropriate. But frequent colonoscopies, while important and necessary, won’t identify endometrial cancer.
Second, as my 70-something year old mother has not had cancer, current genetic screening guidelines in the U.S. presupposed that both she and I did not carry the mutation.
These guidelines are simply wrong.
Although the mutation does not skip generations, not everyone carrying the mutation develops cancer.
Hereditary cancers come in many forms and are caused by a variety of genetic mutations.
Please take a moment and watch this video from Australia. It lays out their 3-2-1 guidelines for genetic screening very effectively.
If your family has a history of cancer, of any type, with occurrence in someone younger than 50, you may want to consider genetic counseling.
I wish I had.
More On My Cancer:
- The Rock in My Way, June 8, 2015.
- The Not At All Brave (Ski) Mom, June 22, 2015.
- Holding You in the Light, July 6, 2015.
- Lessons Learned, August 3, 2015.
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