Why is it important?
Around 15% of ovarian cancers are caused by inherited genetic faults, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These faults can be inherited from the mother or the father's side and can lead to a greater risk of developing breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer.
7 in 10 people in the UK have never heard of the BRCA gene mutations and aren’t aware that a family history of cancer could put them at risk.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer then knowing your BRCA status is also important as it can affect your treatment pathway, as well as providing a significant opportunity for preventing future cases of cancer, for both you and your family members.
What can you do to raise awareness?
We’ve teamed up with Ovacome, The Eve Appeal and BRCA Umbrella to raise awareness of hereditary cancers and let people know that BRCA genetic testing is available. We have sent information posters to 1000 GP surgeries across the UK, but we need your help to ensure that we reach as many people as possible.
If you are able to take some posters to your local GP and ask for them to be displayed in the waiting room, please fill in the form below.