Understanding Lynch Syndrome: Facts and Statistics

VIDEO | 11:00

Kenneth Offit, Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Clinical Genetics Service, describes Lynch syndrome, an inherited disorder that was first identified in 1915 by Dr. Aldred Warthin and was later recognized by Dr. Henry Lynch. The genetic mutations found in Lynch syndrome put people at a higher risk for colon, bowel, stomach, endometrial, ovarian, breast, and other types of cancer. Lynch syndrome affects approximately 150,000 people in the United States, but with proper surveillance, many cancers associated with this disorder can be prevented.