Colorectal and other cancer risks for carriers and noncarriers from families with a DNA mismatch repair gene mutation: A prospective cohort study

Aung Ko Win, Joanne P Young, Noralane M Lindor, Katherine M. Tucker, Dennis J. Ahnen, Graeme P. Young, Daniel D Buchanan, Mark Clendenning, Graham G. Giles, Ingrid Winship, Finlay A Macrae, Jack Goldblatt, Melissa C. Southey, Julie Arnold, Stephen N. Thibodeau, Shanaka R. Gunawardena, Bharati Bapat, John A. Baron, Graham Casey, Steven GallingerLoïc Le Marchand, Polly A Newcomb, Robert W C Haile, John L. Hopper, Mark A. Jenkins

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine whether cancer risks for carriers and noncarriers from families with a mismatch repair (MMR) gene mutation are increased above the risks of the general population. Patients and Methods: We prospectively followed a cohort of 446 unaffected carriers of an MMR gene mutation (MLH1, n = 161; MSH2, n = 222; MSH6, n = 47; and PMS2, n = 16) and 1,029 their unaffected relatives who did not carry a mutation every 5 years at recruitment centers of the Colon Cancer Family Registry. For comparison of cancer risk with the general population, we estimated country-, age-, and sex-specific standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of cancer for carriers and noncarriers. Results: Over a median follow-up of 5 years, mutation carriers had an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC; SIR, 20.48; 95% CI, 11.71 to 33.27; P < .001), endometrial cancer (SIR, 30.62; 95% CI, 11.24 to 66.64; P < .001), ovarian cancer (SIR, 18.81; 95% CI, 3.88 to 54.95; P < .001), renal cancer (SIR, 11.22; 95% CI, 2.31 to 32.79; P < .001), pancreatic cancer (SIR, 10.68; 95% CI, 2.68 to 47.70; P = .001), gastric cancer (SIR, 9.78; 95% CI, 1.18 to 35.30; P = .009), urinary bladder cancer (SIR, 9.51; 95% CI, 1.15 to 34.37; P = .009), and female breast cancer (SIR, 3.95; 95% CI, 1.59 to 8.13; P = .001). We found no evidence of their noncarrier relatives having an increased risk of any cancer, including CRC (SIR, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.33 to 2.39; P = .97). Conclusion: We confirmed that carriers of an MMR gene mutation were at increased risk of a wide variety of cancers, including some cancers not previously recognized as being a result of MMR mutations, and found no evidence of an increased risk of cancer for their noncarrier relatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-964
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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