Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week

Talking to your family about BRCA

In September 2020 we presented the UK’s first Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week,  a time dedicated to raising awareness and sharing information about hereditary cancer. We want you to be empowered with information, this includes information about you and your family history. Because with the right information, this could save someones life. 

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 all about our genetics and hereditary cancer. We'll be sharing advice from the experts, stories from people who have had genetic testing and a Q&A series with Rabbi Joseph Oliver. 

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 Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week. We encourage you to use our Hereditary Risk Tool and if you have already used it we would love to hear from you. 

Discover more about your genetics and cancer risk

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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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    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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    Have you already used our Hereditary Risk Tool?

    Since we created this tool in 2018, it has been used by over 39,000 people. Are you one of those individuals? We'd love to hear from you. We highly value your feedback and it will help inform the vital research we do.