NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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