Cancer Moonshot is a new initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden that aims to make additional therapies available to more patients, while also improving prevention and early detection. The program, which was announced during President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, has organized a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists to collaborate on solutions to the initiative’s goals.
Lynch syndrome impacts an estimated 1 million people in the United States. The syndrome runs in families and is the most common cause of hereditary colon cancer. People with a genetic change in the gene associated with Lynch syndrome have an increased risk for certain types of cancer, including colorectal, uterine, ovarian, and stomach cancers.
“If you have Lynch syndrome, inherited from either your mom or your dad, you have up to an 80% risk of developing colon cancer in your lifetime. You also have up to a 50% risk of developing uterus or endometrial cancer in your lifetime.”
Carrie was diagnosed with endometrial cancer during a follow-up visit after a stillborn birth. Her oncologists warned her that her cancer could indicate Lynch syndrome. Carrie chose to get tested and discovered her family carried Lynch syndrome. She believes her early diagnosis and awareness saved her life,
“I just know I’m thankful for those diagnoses being found when they were, because I have a life to live.”