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This fact sheet contains general information about Cowden syndrome. Each person should see a genetic service for further information and advice. 

Key Points

  • Cowden syndrome / PTEN Hamartoma syndrome is caused by faults (mutations) in the PTEN gene.
  • Both men and women with PTEN Hamartoma syndrome have an increased chance of developing thyroid cancer and kidney cancer.
  • Women with PTEN Hamartoma syndrome have an increased chance of developing breast and uterine (endometrial) cancer.
  • Both men and women with PTEN Hamartoma syndrome have an increased chance of developing bowel polyps.
  • Men and women can be referred to a genetic service where experts can provide information, support and advice about their chance of developing cancer and the option of genetic testing.

This cancer genetics fact sheet is a guide only and cannot cover every possible situation. The information provided is not intended to replace discussion with a health professional, and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Use of this document is subject to eviQ's disclaimer available at  www.eviQ.org.au  

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21 Aug 2018