Cowden disease

Definition / meaning of Cowden disease

An inherited disorder marked by the formation of many noncancerous growths called hamartomas. These growths occur in the skin, breast, thyroid, colon, intestines, and inside of the mouth. Patients with Cowden disease are at increased risk of certain types of cancer, including breast and thyroid. Also called Cowden syndrome and multiple hamartoma syndrome.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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