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Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) syndrome was first described more than 100 years ago. It is the most common of the recognized inherited colorectal cancer syndromes.
Also known as Lynch syndrome or cancer family syndrome, HNPCC is an inherited condition, meaning that the tendency to develop colorectal cancer is passed down in the family. “Nonpolyposis” means that the cancer can occur with only a small number of polyps present, or even with none at all.
Read a more in-depth article about hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of HNPCC.
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