Colorectal Cancer High-Risk Program

As part of our comprehensive cancer care, UC San Diego Health offers genetic testing to help identify whether you have a higher risk of hereditary colorectal cancer. 

Between 5 and 10 percent of all colorectal cancers are caused by genetic mutations that can be inherited. If you're a member of a family with a specific type of genetic mutation, such as Lynch syndrome, you are at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. This is especially true when you have a parent, sibling or child who developed certain cancers before the age of 50.

Screening Services for Lynch Syndrome and Other Hereditary Colorectal Cancers

We offer testing for Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (NPCC), the most common inherited form of colorectal cancer. Testing can also identify familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), juvenile polyposis, and MYH-associated polyposis, Cowden syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome.

Genetic testing may also be used to refine your treatment plan if you have colorectal or uterine cancer. It can be completed with a simple blood or oral swab test.

Cancer Prevention Through Lifestyle

You may be able to reduce your cancer risk and improve how you feel with certain lifestyle improvements.