ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

MSH2: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: MSH2

Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019):


Endometrial cancer risk: Elevated at 21%-57% – Consider risk-reducing hysterectomy.

Ovarian cancer risk: Elevated at 10%-38% – Recommend risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes).

Men and Women:

Colorectal cancer risk: Elevated at 43%-52% – Recommend colonoscopy every 1-2 years starting at age 20-25.

Gastric cancer risk: Elevated at 0.2%-16% – Consider upper endoscopy every 3-5 years beginning at age 40 for select MSH2 carriers (see NCCN for details).

Pancreatic cancer risk: Not well established – Consider MRI/MRCP or endoscopic ultrasound for MSH2 carriers with a family history of pancreatic cancer in first-degree relative.

Urothelial cancer risk: Elevated at 2%-18% – Consider urinalysis annually starting at age 30-35 for MSH2 carriers with a family history of urothelial cancer.


Prostate cancer risk: Elevated at 30%-32% – Manage same as general population.

Inheritance: Autosomal dominant, thus parents, full siblings, and children have a 50% risk for the gene mutation. If both parents have an MSH2 mutation, the child is at risk for autosomal recessive ’Constitutional mismatch repair deficiency’ (CMMRD) syndrome with earlier and higher cancer risks.

Family Testing: At-risk family members should consider genetic counseling and genetic testing. For adult-onset conditions, recommend waiting to perform genetic testing on minors are at least 18 years old.

Reproductive Considerations: Option for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) may be available to ensure future generations do not inherit the known gene mutation. PGD is a procedure available for certain gene mutations to screen the embryo prior to achievement of pregnancy.

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