A Cancer Journey: My Lynch Syndrome

 I hope will put a Lynch Syndrome diagnosis in the proper perspective and keep you and your loved ones alive.

First, do not bury your head in the sand…

If you have a family history of cancer–of the uterus, ovaries, bladder, ureter, kidney, stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, prostate, and oil glands (there may be others), take seriously the possibility that there is a hereditary component to such histories.

Especially–I repeat ESPECIALLY–if there’s a family history of colon or uterine cancer at a young age, talk to your doctors and get tested for Lynch.

And if you happen to test positive for the Lynch mutation, don’t hide it from your family. Because sharing that information may save others in your family as well.

Second, if you discover that you or a loved one has Lynch Syndrome, DON’T FREAK OUT!


Realise that such knowledge—as upsetting as it—invites you to design a surveillance program with your doctors that will enable you to “stay ahead” of the most common types of Lynch cancers, and thus to swing your odds of living a relatively healthy life hugely in your favor.

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