The search for unaffected individuals with Lynch syndrome: do the ends justify the means?

Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2011 Jan;4(1):1-5. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-10-0345.


Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of inherited colorectal and endometrial cancers yet it is underrecognized in clinical practice. The relative merits of screening for Lynch syndrome among healthy adults without cancer versus among adults with colorectal or endometrial cancer are discussed in this Perspective article. Newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients are a much easier target population for screening and this approach leads to more informative genetic test results, at a lower cost in most cases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colorectal Neoplasms, Hereditary Nonpolyposis / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms, Hereditary Nonpolyposis / genetics
  • Colorectal Neoplasms, Hereditary Nonpolyposis / prevention & control
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetic Testing
  • Humans
  • Pedigree
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment