National Comprehensive Cancer Network Recommendation: Test CRC Patients for Lynch Syndrome

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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network now recommends that all colorectal cancer patients be tested for Lynch syndrome, according to a Medscape report.

Lynch syndrome accounts for 2 to 4 percent of all CRC cases. CRC patients with Lynch syndrome have a 16 to 30 percent risk for a second primary CRC within the 10 years after their initial diagnosis.

The NCCN guidelines recommend that patients with Lynch syndrome should have a colonoscopy every one to two years of their lives.

Lynch syndrome is also associated with a higher risk of other cancers including endometrial, ovarian.

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