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How My Lynch Syndrome Diagnosis Will Help Protect My Family

In May of 2017, at the age of 58, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer, and had a radical hysterectomy.  After my surgery, it was recommended that I see a genetic counselor.  I thought it was very strange, but since the staff at the cancer center explained that because myself and my first cousin both had uterine cancer, and that colon cancer runs in our family, I should be tested for something called Lynch syndrome.  I did some research, and discovered that it’s a hereditary disorder caused by a gene mutation that causes affected individuals to have a higher than normal chance of developing colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and various other types of cancers.

I was still a bit reluctant to schedule the appointment, but thought it would be best to get some more information.  I was asked to fill out paperwork regarding my family medical history and bring it with me.  I also contacted my cousin who had uterine cancer, and asked her if she had been advised to see a genetic counselor.  Come to find out, she did.  And, not only that, she had been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome!  Now, I started becoming more concerned, and chose to have a simple genetic blood test to determine whether or not I carried the gene mutation which causes Lynch syndrome.

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