Inherited risk factors

If you have a family history of bowel cancer, you may be worried about developing it yourself. While some bowel cancers are linked to an inherited genetic condition, it’s important to remember that not all bowel cancer is a result of inherited risk.

People with certain inherited genetic conditions such as Lynch syndrome, FAP (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis) and MAP (MUTYH Associated Polyposis), are at an increased risk of developing bowel cancer, and they are more likely to be younger when diagnosed. 

However, if you are diagnosed with one of these genetic conditions, risk-reducing strategies, such as increased screening, means that many of these cancers can be avoided or caught at an early stage.

More about Lynch syndrome

What is Lynch syndrome?

Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Dr Anju Kulkarni, at HCA UK at The Shard, explains more about genetic testing and Lynch syndrome.

Mo’s Story - Living with Lynch syndrome


“It might sound cliché, but knowledge really is power when it comes to Lynch. Know your risk, and ensure your family knows their risk too.”

After losing his Dad to cancer when he was just 2 years old, Mo Haque was himself diagnosed with bowel cancer at 31 years old. He later found out that his cancer was Lynch-related, Mo shares his bowel cancer story and tells us what it’s like to live with Lynch syndrome. 
GP with patient

Looking for a second opinion?

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, whether or not you have started treatment, a second opinion can give you reassurance and peace of mind.  

Our second opinion service is led by expert consultants. They will provide a comprehensive review of your current and past medical history, to identify the best treatment options for you. This review may identify new treatment options or simply confirm that you are already receiving the best treatment. Either way, it can help you make an informed decision about what is best for you.

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