Familial Cancer

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 249–254 | Cite as

Gynecologic Cancers in Lynch Syndrome/HNPCC



Recent studies have estimated that the lifetime risk of endometrial cancer in women with Lynch syndrome/hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome (Lynch/HNPCC) is 40–60%. This risk equals or exceeds their risk for colon cancer. While much research has been done to define the natural history and molecular features of Lynch/HNPCC associated colon cancer, there has been considerably less research defining Lynch/HNPCC associated endometrial cancer. This article will review current information regarding the clinico-pathologic features of Lynch/HNPCC associated endometrial cancer. In addition, current consensus guidelines for endometrial cancer screening and prevention for women with Lynch/HNPCC will be discussed. Given the increased risk of multiple cancers, changing the name of this syndrome from hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome to Lynch Syndrome may benefit both patients and clinicians. Clinicians caring for women with Lynch/HNPCC may stress colon cancer screening and prevention without reviewing endometrial cancer risks and symptoms or screening and prevention options. Perhaps more importantly, women with Lynch/HNPCC may focus on colon cancer risks and lack understanding of endometrial cancer risks. With increasing evidence that women with Lynch/HNPCC have significant risks for both colon and endometrial cancers, we believe a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of these individuals is crucial.

Key words

endometrial cancer HNPCC-Lynch syndrome ovarian cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecologic OncologyUT MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUT MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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