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Family Cancer Syndromes

A family cancer syndrome is a condition caused by changes in certain genes that are passed down from parents to children and make it more likely for family members to get certain types of cancer. Learn about various inherited conditions that can raise the risk of specific types of cancer.

Understanding Family Cancer Syndromes

Explore the link between genetics and cancers that seem to run in families. Find out how to recognize a possible family cancer syndrome and when genetic testing might be helpful.