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The main objective of diagnosing a hereditary form of cancer is prevention. Individuals carrying a mutation that predisposes them to developing a tumour may benefit from prevention, early detection and treatment measures that prevent or minimise the impact of cancer.
In Lynch syndrome, performing a colonoscopy every 1-2 years has been shown to reduce both the occurrence of colon cancer and mortality associated with colon cancer.
In the case of familial adenomatous polyposis, preventive surgery, such as colectomy or removal of the colon, prevents cancer in carriers of a mutation.
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