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Hereditary Polyposis Syndromes FAP/HNPCC


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If you have a blood relative with one of the hereditary polyposis syndromes, it is important that you be screened for the condition yourself, regardless of your age. The type and frequency of screenings vary according to the type of disease a person has. For example, children in early adolescence who have been diagnosed with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome may need to undergo frequent upper and lower endoscopies.

Yes, especially in people with adenomatous polyposis syndromes. Polyps and growths in these individuals almost always become cancerous by age 40. People with hamartomatous polyposis syndromes have a lower risk of cancer, though it still remains much higher than in people without hereditary polyposis syndromes.

Surgical treatments are often used to remove lesions and polyps within the GI tract and biopsy areas suspected of malignancy. In some individuals, a partial or subtotal colectomy may be necessary to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.