She tested positive and took action.
“I took the opportunity and had a full hysterectomy, so I know that type of cancer, I’m not going to get it,” Studebaker said.
One out of every 35 colo-rectal cancer patients has Lynch Syndrome and most don’t know it, according to genetic counselor Health Hampel with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
So far, 79 people in the Dayton area have been tested.
“It’s critically important to find out young so that you can start those screenings at the right age and do them at the right frequency and we can prevent these individuals from getting cancer in the first place,” Hampel said.
Irma made sure her daughter was tested and was relieved to find out she didn’t pass Lynch Syndrome on to her.
She urges everyone to get tested.
“Only half an hour of your time and it can save you years,” Studebaker said.
Enrollment for the Lynch Syndrome screening closes at the end of the year. For more information click here, or call 1-888-329-1654.