hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer
Pronunciation: (heh-REH-dih-tayr-ee non-PAH-lee-POH-sis KOH-lun KAN-ser)
An inherited disorder in which affected individuals have a higher-than-normal chance of developing colorectal cancer and certain other types of cancer, often before the age of 50. Also called HNPCC and Lynch syndrome.
Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer TermsDate last modified: 2008-11-21