Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week


Join the UK's first Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week

Ovarian Cancer Action is proud to present the UK’s first Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week: 28th September-5th October. It’s a week dedicated to raising much-needed awareness of the genetic faults that increase our risk of certain cancers, and empowering the men, women and families who are at risk of them. 

Our genes play a big role in our risk of cancer.

It's estimated up to 10% of all cancers diagnosed are linked to a genetic fault that can be passed from one generation to the next. Ovarian, breast, prostate, pancreatic and bowel are some of the cancer types you’re more likely to get if you carry a BRCA mutation or Lynch syndrome. 

But not enough people are aware.

Yet despite the risks, according to our latest research 75% of the general public have never heard of BRCA and 84% of people have never heard of Lynch syndrome. What's more we know many are unaware that a family history of cancer could put them at risk of these genetic faults. We’re here to change that. 

Knowledge is power. 

When someone like Christen here knows their personal cancer risk, they’re given a potentially life-saving opportunity to lower and manage that risk, personalise cancer treatment if they're a patient, and may even prevent cancer within their family.

What’s on the agenda? 

As the leading voice for BRCA and hereditary cancer risk here in the UK, we’re here to boost awareness and connect those at-risk to the expert information they need to make informed decisions about their future. Throughout the week we're sharing a range of brand new content on genetic risk - from stories and films, to bite-sized information - as well as a fantastic programme of digital events on our genetics and hereditary cancer. Join us, discover more about your genes, and pass on the knowledge to make a difference. 

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways you can join the UK’s first Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week. 

Help us raise awareness of BRCA and Lynch syndrome

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    Raise awareness in your area

    Did you know 75% of people haven't heard of BRCA gene mutations? Help us raise awareness of BRCA in your community by ordering our informative BRCA posters. Why not ask for them to be displayed in your GP's waiting room for others to see?

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    Join us on social

    Help us reach as many people as possible about hereditary cancer this week. Learn and share the bite-sized content, stories and information we'll be sharing on social media to help people at-risk of cancer. Keep your eyes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    Learn and share the facts

    Download our digital hereditary cancer awareness pack and share the key facts and stats on genetic risk and far and wide. Be sure to tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you do!

Share our brand new BRCA awareness video: 

Discover more about your genetics and cancer risk

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    Book your spot on a webinar

    Take a look at the timetable of digital events on different aspects of genetic risk. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from genetic experts, cancer surgeons, and patients, and connect with others like you.

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    Explore your family tree

    Genetic Counsellor Beth Coad gives her expert tips on exploring your family history of cancer, how to start these conversations with family members and when you may be eligible for a genetic test.

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    Read Christen’s story

    "Cancer is usually unpredictable and unexpected but not in our case. My mother’s cancer could have been prevented, if only we knew." Christen Williams shares her experience of how she came to find out she carries a BRCA gene mutation.


    Visit our Hereditary Hub

    Visit our Hereditary Hub to read more about BRCA mutations and Lynch syndrome - from getting a genetic test, to living with a mutation, to your options for cancer prevention.

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    Explore your risk

    Our Hereditary Cancer Risk Tool will assess your risk of having inherited a genetic mutation that could increase your risk of developing certain cancers. It's suitable for both men and women.

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    Stay in the loop

    Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter for all news specifically related to hereditary cancer risk. We'll keep you up to date with information around genetic testing, risk reduction, guidance on screening and upcoming events.