Today is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. For those who haven’t heard of the condition, Lynch syndrome, previously known as HNPCC, is an inherited genetic mutation. It gives people an increased chance of developing certain cancers across their lifetime, often at a younger age than the general population, i.e., before 50 years of age. The most common cancers associated with the condition are bowel cancer and endometrium cancer.
How do you get Lynch syndrome?
Lynch syndrome is inherited genetically – that means it is passed along from your parents. Normally, a person will inherit two working copies of these genes, one from their mother and one from their father. When working correctly, these genes work by repairing the mistakes that can occur when DNA is copied in preparation for cell division. In Lynch syndrome, a person inherits one functional copy and one non-functional copy of one of these genes.
How can I get involved in raising awareness?
Besides sharing this post – Lynch Syndrome Australia is the peak body that aims to raise awareness, as well as educating and advocating for everyone with Lynch syndrome in Australia. Find out more about how you can get involved here.