Table 2

Comparison of eligible patients screened for Lynch syndrome with those who were not

CharacteristicEligible patients not screened for Lynch syndromeEligible patients screened for Lynch syndrome*p Value
Site of tumour0.231
 Right colon (proximal to splenic flexure)2317
 Left colon (distal to splenic flexure)507
Age (years)0.47
 Median48.3548
 SD17.1922.5
Presence of synchronous/metachronous tumours0.29
 Yes1961
 No29
Significant family history0.14
 Yes103
 No708
  • *Two of these screened patients were already known to the genetics centre, and were therefore not classified as new referrals.