Rees Skillern Cancer Institute at CHI Memorial, Chattanooga, TN, has achieved full membership in the Lynch Syndrome Screening Network, which promotes universal tumor screening (UTS) for everyone who has newly diagnosed colorectal and endometrial cancers.
Lynch Syndrome is an inherited disorder that increases risk for colorectal, endometrial and many other types of cancer. The network recommends screening because these individuals are at high risk for second primary cancers, their relatives are at risk and could benefit from genetic testing, and the screening tests are cost-effective.
The Rees Skillern Cancer Institute met all criteria for full member status, including performing routine tumor testing on people who are newly diagnosed with colorectal and endometrial cancers and having a genetics expert. Network members are connected with other institutions across the country committed to performing UTS, and join in collaborative efforts to create and share educational resources, screening protocols and data.