Hereditary cancer

Common Name(s)

Hereditary cancer, Cancer predisposition, Cancer, Hereditary

Hereditary cancer, or inherited cancer, is cancer that occurs as a result of a genetic change (mutation) that a person is born with. All cancer is a result of genetic changes that cause a cell to divide faster than it should. These changes can occur in a gene that slows down cell division, in a gene that speeds up cell division, or in a gene that is in charge of repairing genetic changes. These are collectively known as cancer susceptibility genes. People have two copies of these genes in all of their cells.

As a person ages and gets exposed to different things in the environment, such as smoking or the sun, their genes are changed (acquired mutations). Most cancer occurs because both copies of a person’s cancer susceptibility gene get changed over time (sporadic cancer). In hereditary cancer, a person is born with a change in one copy of a cancer susceptibility gene. This significantly increases their lifetime risk of cancer because it is more likely, and takes less time, to get a change in the one remaining unchanged gene copy.

About 10% of all cancer is hereditary and there are many types, depending on the gene that is affected. The most common forms of hereditary cancer are breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancer. Factors that increase the risk of cancer being hereditary include multiple family members affected with similar types of cancer, cancer at a young age (less than 50 years) in the family, rare forms of cancer in the family (such as kidney cancer or breast cancer in a man), and more than one type of primary cancer in a person (a woman with both breast and ovarian cancer). If you have signs of hereditary cancer in your family, talk with a genetic counselor about the likelihood of it being hereditary as well as genetic testing options. Diagnosing hereditary cancer in a family can help to determine a person’s cancer risk as well as determine cancer surveillance recommendations.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hereditary cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

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Canadian Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Society, Inc.

We help people with MEN by referring them to Drs and genetist. We also offer emotional support and literature We can be contacted anytime via email. We do try to find a member close to the newly diagnosed MEN Patient to let them know that "They Are Not Alone"

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2013

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Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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Colon Cancer Alliance for Research & Education for Lynch Syndrome

CCARE Lynch Syndrome is the national non-profit devoted to saving lives and leading the fight against Lynch syndrome through education, advocacy and research.

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. With 50 outreach groups throughout the U.S., and international affiliates, FORCE programs provide support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary cancers. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Lynch Syndrome International

To provide support for those at high risk to hereditary Lynch syndrome cancers, public awareness of Lynch syndrome, education for medical offices and support for research endeavors.

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2015

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Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hereditary cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

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Canadian Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Society, Inc.

We help people with MEN by referring them to Drs and genetist. We also offer emotional support and literature We can be contacted anytime via email. We do try to find a member close to the newly diagnosed MEN Patient to let them know that "They Are Not Alone"

http://mensociety.ca/

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2013

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Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

http://www.jewishgenetics.org

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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Colon Cancer Alliance for Research & Education for Lynch Syndrome

CCARE Lynch Syndrome is the national non-profit devoted to saving lives and leading the fight against Lynch syndrome through education, advocacy and research.

http://fightlynch.org/

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. With 50 outreach groups throughout the U.S., and international affiliates, FORCE programs provide support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary cancers. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

http://www.facingourrisk.org

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Lynch Syndrome International

To provide support for those at high risk to hereditary Lynch syndrome cancers, public awareness of Lynch syndrome, education for medical offices and support for research endeavors.

http://www.lynchcancers.com

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2015

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Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

http://stupidcancer.org

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hereditary cancer" returned 644 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prevalence and characteristics of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) syndrome in immigrant Asian colorectal cancer patients.
 

Author(s): Jasmine Lee, Yin-Yi Xiao, Yan Yu Sun, Jasminka Balderacchi, Bradley Clark, Jatin Desani, Vivek Kumar, Angela Saverimuthu, Khin Than Win, Yiwu Huang, Yiqing Xu

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The prevalence of Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC) is 2 to 5% in the Caucasian population. HNPCC is caused by genomic mutations in DNA mismatch repair genes (MMR), namely MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, and EPCAM. A non-hereditary, acquired process of hypermethylation of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The impact of hereditary cancer gene panels on clinical care and lessons learned.
 

Author(s): Volkan Okur, Wendy K Chung

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Mutations in hereditary cancer syndromes account for a modest fraction of all cancers; however, identifying patients with these germline mutations offers tremendous health benefits to both patients and their family members. There are about 60 genes that confer a high lifetime risk ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutational profile and prevalence in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) probands from Southern Brazil: Are international testing criteria appropriate for this specific population?
 

Author(s): Bárbara Alemar, Cleandra Gregório, Josef Herzog, Camila Matzenbacher Bittar, Cristina Brinckmann Oliveira Netto, Osvaldo Artigalas, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz, Jordy Coffa, Suzi Alves Camey, Jeffrey Weitzel, Patricia Ashton-Prolla

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Germline pathogenic variants in BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA) are the main cause of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC).

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Hereditary cancer" returned 123 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hereditary kidney cancer syndromes: Genetic disorders driven by alterations in metabolism and epigenome regulation.
 

Author(s): Hisashi Hasumi, Masahiro Yao

Journal: Cancer Sci.. 2018 Mar;109(3):581-586.

 

Although hereditary kidney cancer syndrome accounts for approximately five percent of all kidney cancers, the mechanistic insight into tumor development in these rare conditions has provided the foundation for the development of molecular targeting agents currently used for sporadic ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Major hereditary gastrointestinal cancer syndromes: a narrative review.
 

Author(s): Lakshmi Manogna Chintalacheruvu, Trudy Shaw, Avanija Buddam, Osama Diab, Thamer Kassim, Sandeep Mukherjee, Henry T Lynch

Journal: J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2017 Jun;26(2):157-163.

 

Gastrointestinal cancer is one of the major causes of death worldwide. Hereditary gastrointestinal cancer syndromes constitute about 5-10% of all cancers. About 20-25% of undiagnosed cases have a possible hereditary component, which is not yet established. In the last few decades, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Systemic Treatment Strategies for Patients with Hereditary Breast Cancer Syndromes.
 

Author(s): Amanda Parkes, Banu K Arun, Jennifer K Litton

Journal: Oncologist. 2017 06;22(6):655-666.

 

Hereditary breast cancer syndromes are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and constitute a unique patient population, making up approximately 5%-10% of breast cancer cases in the United States. By virtue of the germline mutations that define these syndromes, invasive ...

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Cancer Health Assessments Reaching Many
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Hereditary Cancer Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 2 Feb 2018

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Pancreatic Cancer Registry: For Any Person With a Personal or Family History
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pancreatic Cancer, ATM, BRCA, Hereditary Cancer

 

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2018

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Familial Cancer Registry and DNA Bank
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cancer

 

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2014

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