When is hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer syndrome (HNPCC, Lynch syndrome) testing indicated in the evaluation of colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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A suspicion of colorectal cancer diagnosis warrants rectal examination and colonoscopy with a biopsy of any suspicious lesions. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends that all patients younger than 70 years of age who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer be tested for hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer syndrome (HNPCC, Lynch syndrome); patients 70 and older should be tested only if they meet the revised Bethesda guidelines for HNPCC. [48, 49]


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