Local Family Takes Steps To Avoid Stomach Cancer (article and video) features the Lambert & Walsh families in the Boston, MA area. They share their story during the first National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about a hereditary stomach cancer syndrome.
Knowing your family history is critical in identifying hereditary risks for stomach cancer and numerous other types of cancer. Thankfully, their doctor made the connection between stomach cancer, colon cancer, and the CDH1 gene mutation – a cancer syndrome called Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) which also includes increased risk for lobular breast cancer. That connection offered powerful knowledge to this family, providing an option for prevention which ultimately saved their lives, and will do so for the younger generation, and for future generations to come.
Is HDGC rare, or is it under-identified? No one can answer that question, but it is clear that the number of affected families continues to grow.
Be proactive, and Know Your Family History.