Mum to raise Lynch funds

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

A Tom Price woman with Lynch syn­drome will be­come the first in WA to raise funds for the lit­tle-known ge­netic con­di­tion this month.

Lynch syn­drome, for­merly known as hered­i­tary non­poly­po­sis col­orec­tal cancer, or HNPCC, is caused by an in­her­ited ge­netic mu­ta­tion and makes peo­ple sus­cep­ti­ble to developing cer­tain can­cers, es­pe­cially at a much younger age than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. Lau­ren McDon­ald, 34, was shocked to be di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion when she de­vel­oped colon cancer at 28.

She said Lynch syn­drome had only come into pub­lic aware­ness about 15-20 years ago and could be de­tected through a cancer di­ag­no­sis at an un­usu­ally young age or a strong fam­ily his­tory of par­tic­u­lar types of cancer.

“(Health pro­fes­sion­als) are look­ing at dif­fer­ent ways to di­ag­nose it and de­tect it be­fore cancer is di­ag­nosed,” she said.

“That’s why I’m try­ing to raise a lot of aware­ness, be­cause the preva­lence is ac­tu­ally quite high.”

“The fig­ures are that 3-5 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion have Lynch syn­drome, and then only 3-5 per cent of those peo­ple ac­tu­ally know they have it.

“They’re think­ing it’s just as preva­lent as the BRCA breast cancer gene.”

Mrs McDon­ald has been in re­mis­sion for seven years but Lynch syn­drome in­creases her chances of get­ting other forms of cancer, par­tic­u­larly ovar­ian and uter­ine can­cers.

Mrs McDon­ald is hold­ing two fundrais­ers in Tom Price to raise aware­ness and money for Lynch syn­drome — a morn­ing tea pre­sen­ta­tion with health pro­fes­sion­als at Nin­tirri Cen­tre next Fri­day, and a head shave on March 22, Lynch Syn­drome Aware­ness Day.

For de­tails, go to Mrs McDon­ald’s Life With Lynch page on Face­book or my­ page /145982/ lynch-syn­drome aware­ness-head-shave.

Pic­ture: Lau­ren McDon­ald

Tom Price res­i­dent and Lynch syn­drome suf­ferer Lau­ren McDon­ald with fam­ily mem­bers Ashtyn, 8, Craig, Jud­sen, 19 months, and Zak, 16. Mrs McDon­ald will be­come the first per­son in WA to of­fi­cially raise funds for Lynch syn­drome.

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