An estimated three of every 100 cases of colon cancer are the result of a hereditary genetic condition called Lynch Syndrome.
Thursday is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. It’s named for Dr. Henry Lynch, the Director of Creighton University’s Hereditary Cancer Center. He discovered the genetic condition, which is passed down through generations. People with Lynch Syndrome are at increased risk of colon and other types of cancer.
Sheri Bowen is the Agency Administrator for the Mills County Public Health Department. She says Iowa is fifth in the nation when it comes to percentage of late stage colon cancer diagnoses.
Bowen says when colon cancer is caught in an early stage, it’s 90% treatable. Currently 64% of Iowans over the age of 50 have been screened. Bowen says the Iowa Get Screened Colorectal Cancer Program wants to increase that to 80% by 2014.