Study: Many Early-Onset Colon Cancers Caused by Genetic Mutation That Runs in Families

Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute recently have screened more than 3,000 newly diagnosed colon cancer patients for Lynch syndrome, a genetic mutation that increases cancer risks, through a statewide study funded by Pelotonia

Initial results show that genetic mutations passed down through families are much more prevalent than thought, with 1 out of every 6 patients having the inherited genetic change. This knowledge is critical for prevention. Family members can also be tested for Lynch syndrome, and if they have the genetic mutation, can start screening colonoscopy earlier, with the goal of preventing the disease entirely.

More information on this study: Many Early Onset Colon Cancers are Caused by Genetic Mutations Passed Through Families