Information and prevention: Lynch syndrome is a family story

1. March 2023

More and more people develop colorectal cancer at a young age. Every fifth colorectal cancer under 50 has a hereditary cause. The most common inherited tumor risk syndrome is Lynch syndrome. Affected individuals carry a genetic alteration in their DNA that increases their cancer risk. Only very few carriers know about their increased cancer risk. To draw attention to the topic of Lynch syndrome, we are launching a series of posters in March, the colorectal cancer awareness month. This is a joint project of the Department of Applied Tumor Biology and the DMQ group at HITS, in collaboration with Semi-Colon and the German Consortium for Familial Colorectal Cancer, and supported by the Network Against Colorectal Cancer and ERN Genturis. We want to inform about the most important aspects of Lynch syndrome and to raise awareness about a possible hereditary background of cancer at a young age.

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HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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