Dear patients, dear parents!

In Germany, about 2100 children and adolescents under the age of 18 develop cancer every year. It is now known that cancer in this age group occurs in about 10% of patients due to a known hereditary alteration or on the basis of a cancer predisposition syndrome. Cancer predisposition syndromes also play an important role in adults with cancer. We would like to inform families of children diagnosed with cancer predisposition syndrome about these different genetic diseases with increased cancer risk.

In the following you will find a list of the best known cancer predisposition syndromes. Please click on the respective syndrome names for further information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us personally.

Please also note that we have made every effort to ensure that all information is presented correctly. However, we cannot completely rule out errors. These Internet pages should give you the opportunity to inform yourself quickly and efficiently. They do not replace consultation with experts or deeper study of literature.

If you are reading this page because you suspect that you or your child have cancer predisposition syndrome, we recommend an appointment with a physician with expertise in this area. In general, such a suspicion can be expressed in the following situations:

  • Accumulated occurrence of cancer in the family and/or a person

  • Very special types of cancer that are typical for the presence of a cancer predisposition syndrome

  • Cancer in people with other hereditary diseases (e.g. congenital heart defects, syndrome).

Alphabetical overview of the best-known cancer predisposition syndromes