Man living with Lynch Syndrome shares story, inspires at UH Cancer Center event

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More than 100 members of the public spent their Saturday morning at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center in Kakaako in a quest for a cure.

It was an event titled “Fighting Cancer at the Front Lines, Prevention and Early Detection.”

In addition to getting information at their fingertips, attendees heard from Kurt Osaki who, through the center’s research project, found out he had Lynch Syndrome.

Lynch Syndrome is a condition in which a person possesses the hereditary gene that increases the risk of getting cancer, including an increased risk by up to 80 percent for colon cancer.

“What it does is help me go through the process but also helps me lead my life going forward in terms of check-ups and research development,” said Osaki.

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Kurt Osaki

The project director for the colon cancer study says no one can exactly predict if someone will get cancer, but it’s better to be prepared.

As for Osaki, he says right now he does not have cancer, but he says awareness is power.

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