Familial Cancer

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 563–570 | Cite as

Frequency of extracolonic tumors in Brazilian families with Lynch syndrome: analysis of a hereditary colorectal cancer institutional registry

  • Felipe Carneiro da Silva
  • Ligia Petrolini de Oliveira
  • Érika Monteiro Santos
  • Wilson Toshihiko Nakagawa
  • Samuel Aguiar Junior
  • Mev Dominguez Valentin
  • Benedito Mauro Rossi
  • Fábio de Oliveira Ferreira


Lynch syndrome (LS) is caused by inherited germline mutations in mismatch repair (MMR) genes. It is one of the commonest forms of inherited predisposition to colorectal cancer (CRC), accounting for 2–5% of all CRC. LS is characterized by early age of onset, with a tendency for multiplicity and an increased risk for extra-colonic tumors at particular sites. In this study we have evaluated the frequency of extra-colonic tumors in 60 unrelated LS families fulfilling the Amsterdam criteria (ACI. ACII) from the Oncotree database of the Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Registry of the AC Camargo Hospital. All families’ pedigree was extensively analyzed, varying from 2 to 6 generations with a total of 2,095 individuals evaluated. As expected, colorectal cancer was the most frequent tumor in the families (334 cases). We found 200 extracolonic tumors among all individuals with a higher ratio in women (123 cases) than men (77 cases). By far, breast cancer (32 cases) was the most frequent extracolonic manifestation in women followed by endometrial (20 cases) and uterine cervix cancer (20 cases). For man, prostate (16 cases) and stomach (12 cases) cancer were the most frequent extracolonic tumors. It is well know that establishing the diagnosis is challenging and requires knowledge and surveillance. Thus, recognition of individuals and families with hereditary predisposition to cancer according to clinical and molecular features, combined with intensive surveillance and management programs, can contribute substantially to improve results related to the diagnosis and characterization of LS.


CRC Extracolonic tumors Familial cancer HNPCC LS 



Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer


Colorectal cancer


Mismatch repair gene


Lynch syndrome


Amsterdam criteria I


Amsterdam criteria II



Supported by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felipe Carneiro da Silva
    • 1
  • Ligia Petrolini de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Érika Monteiro Santos
    • 2
  • Wilson Toshihiko Nakagawa
    • 2
  • Samuel Aguiar Junior
    • 2
  • Mev Dominguez Valentin
    • 1
  • Benedito Mauro Rossi
    • 2
  • Fábio de Oliveira Ferreira
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Center of the AC Camargo Hospital, Fundação Antônio PrudenteSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Registry of the A.C. Camargo Hospital, Fundação Antônio PrudenteSão PauloBrazil

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