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 Terms

Date last modified: 2008-11-21