Author | Julie A. Douglas, PhD


Commentary (Gruber et al)-What the Physician Needs to Know About Lynch Syndrome: An Update

April 01, 2005

In many respects, Lynch syndromeserves as the paradigm of cancergenetic syndromes. It is relativelycommon and accounts for approximately3% to 5% of colorectal cancer cases.The genetic basis is clearly understood,and genetic testing is clinically availableand routinely incorporated intoclinical practice. Furthermore, the diagnosishas a profound impact on themanagement of individuals at risk, andinterventions have been shown tosubstantially reduce morbidity andmortality. These advances in our understandingare attributable, in largepart, to the seminal work of Dr. HenryLynch and his colleagues.[1-3]