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St. Luke's to offer free Lynch Syndrome screening

By Ken Dey, News and Community
May 31, 2012



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St. Luke's Offers Free Lynch Syndrome Screening

Funding Made Possible by Brian Olson Memorial Golf Classic

  • WHAT:  St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI)  has launched a new program for identification of Lynch Syndrome - now any patients that have a colon or uterine cancer diagnosed at St. Luke's pathology will automatically have a screening test performed on the tumor to see if they are at risk for this hereditary cancer syndrome. St. Luke's is one of the first hospital in the nation to offer this free of charge to patients.
  • WHY: Lynch Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes certain types of cancer.  For most people the risk of colon cancer is 2 percent and endometrial cancer 1.5 percent. For families with Lynch syndrome their risk for colon cancer is 80 percent and endometrial is 60 percent because they carry a mutated gene that does not repair their DNA properly. These rare mutated genes can be passed from generation to generation and often cause these cancers to present at younger than expected ages. If health care providers know a family has Lynch syndrome they can offer them different options for screening and prevention of colon cancer, which may include earlier screening than is normally recommended.
  • WHEN: St. Luke’s MSTI representatives will make the announcement following the completion of the 12th Annual Brian Olson Memorial Golf Tournament at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Banbury Golf Club, 2626 North Marypost Place, Eagle.  Since its inception in 2001, the event has raised more than $280,000 for St. Luke’s Mountain State’s Tumor Institute. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund the pilot program. This year’s event is expected to raise more than $25,000 for St. Luke’s MSTI.
  • WHO: Brian Olson died in 2001 at the age of 39 from colorectal cancer, leaving behind a wife and two young sons. Olson was a long-time employee at Hewlett-Packard and very active in the community. After his death, many of his colleagues at HP and friends in the community started the tournament as a way to remember him and raise money for colon cancer awareness.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.