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Lynch syndrome and cancer diagnoses

People are at risk for a variety of different types of medical issues. Some of this risk depends on their lifestyle and their genetic history. It is up to their doctor to determine if this risk means that the individual is more prone to developing certain illnesses or injuries. If the person is more prone to certain conditions, a medical professional should closely monitor the individual to ensure that the person receives the correct treatment.

One disease that needs to be closely monitored is Lynch Syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lynch Syndrome is a genetic condition that increases a person's risk for colorectal cancer. In fact, individuals with Lynch Syndrome are responsible for approximately three percent of all colorectal cancer cases. In particular, Lynch Syndrome increases the risk of colorectal cancer at a younger age -- before 50-years-old -- and for women it increases the risk of endometrial cancer.

Therefore, it is very important for people to understand whether they have Lynch Syndrome. If someone's family member has Lynch Syndrome, it is much more likely that they will have it too. Approximately 50 percent of all parents, children and siblings of those with Lynch syndrome will also have the condition.

It is important for doctors in Maryland to take a full family history to understand when individuals might be at risk for a particular injury or illness. Things like Lynch Syndrome can wreak havoc if individuals do not understand that they have the disease. Doctors are responsible for ensuring they take all steps to avoid a misdiagnosis of cancer or a failure to diagnose serious issues. Missing a condition like Lynch Syndrome can mean that individuals suffer unnecessarily when the condition could've been caught earlier.

When a failure to diagnose leads to an illness or injury, a medical professional can be held responsible. With the help of an attorney, patients can receive the compensation they need from negligent doctors.

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