March 22 was been declared Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day by Govs. John Kasich of Ohio and Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia.
Lynch Syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), creates a hereditary predisposition to a litany of cancers at a high lifetime risk often at an early age - the risk includes up to 82 percent of colorectal cancer and 65 percent risk of endometrial cancer.
In the United States, 600,000 to 1 million persons are projected to have Lynch Syndrome, however, only 10 percent are diagnosed. Genetic testing and regular screenings for those with a positive diagnosis are the keys to prevention, early detection and survival of Lynch Syndrome related cancers.
My sister, Rachel George Greenwalt, battled with cancer and worked tirelessly to create awareness in the hopes of saving lives.