Michigan Residents Urged to Learn About Risk for Hereditary Cancers Caused by Lynch Syndrome

March 21, 2017

Lansing, MIMarch 21, 2017 – As part of the awareness efforts for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are recognizing March 19-25, 2017 as Lynch Syndrome Awareness Week. Michigan residents are urged to ask their health care providers about Lynch syndrome (LS) and to discuss their personal family history of colorectal cancer.

LS is the most common inherited disorder that increases a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. It is not a rare disorder – one in every 300-400 Americans, and one in 33 colorectal cancer patients have LS. Because LS is underdiagnosed, many may not know that they have the condition.

“Individuals with Lynch syndrome have up to 40-80 percent risk of developing colorectal cancer, much higher than the six percent risk in the general population. First-degree relatives of individuals with Lynch syndrome have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the condition as well,” said Dr.… Read the rest

Calendar – Education – Tech Help at Peter White Public Library – Mar. 24

March 21, 2017

Marquette – Tech Help Drop-in will be offered on Friday, March 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

NMU Information Technology students will be available to assist with laptops, tablets, e-readers, phone, email, software and other digital troubleshooting. No appointments are necessary and there is no charge.… Read the rest

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Negaunee – Mar. 24

March 21, 2017

Negaunee – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a bloodmobile blood drive on Friday, March 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Honor Credit Union in Negaunee.

For an appointment, call Jessica Hooper at 475-4149 ext. 5028. Walk-ins are welcome.… Read the rest

Calandar – Health – Blood Drive in Gwinn – Mar. 24

March 21, 2017

Gwinn – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a bloodmobile blood drive on Friday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Honor Credit Union in Gwinn.

For an appointment, call Jessica Hooper at 475-4149 ext. 5028. Walk-ins are welcome.… Read the rest