Hereditary Polyposis Syndromes FAP/HNPCC
There are several types of Hereditary Polyposis Syndromes, all of which are characterized by multiple polyps growing throughout and sometimes outside of the colon. While rare, the conditions are genetic, meaning they are passed down through generations of the same family. Researchers have identified cause of hereditary polyposis, and it is now known to be secondary to a gene mutation. Treatment for people who live with one of these diseases typically consists of genetic testing, regular screenings, polyp removal, bowel resection, removal of other organs and treatment of malignancies.