Glossary Term:

Title

hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer

Phonetic

huh-<b>RED</b>-ih-<b>ter</b>-ee <b>non</b>-pah-lih-<b>PO</b>-sis

Description

also called HNPCC. An inherited condition that greatly increases a person’s risk for developing colorectal cancer, as well as endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus), ovarian cancer, small bowel cancer, and cancer of the lining of the kidney or the ureters. People with this condition tend to develop cancer at a young age without first having many polyps. See also polyp.