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Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is the most common cause of hereditary colorectal (colon) cancer.
People with Lynch syndrome are more likely to get colorectal cancer and other cancers, and at a younger age (before 50), including:
Lynch syndrome causes about 4,000 colorectal cancers and 1,800 uterine (endometrial) cancers per year.