Gift Hamisi has a family history of ovarian cancer, and was recently tested for the BRCA gene mutation, to discover if she also faced a high risk. We invited her to meet Dr Jonathan Krell at the Ovarian Cancer Research Centre, whose work focuses on hereditary mutations. Through his research, he hopes to improve the way we screen for and prevent ovarian cancer so that more women survive the disease.
"I loved my experience at the lab, and hearing about Jon's work was the highlight of the day. It's good to see work is being done for those who have been affected, and Jon’s research gave me hope that one day women like myself won't need to live in fear that they too may suffer from ovarian cancer or pass on the gene mutation to the next generation. It also made realise just how much men need to be educated about the gene mutation, as they could face an increased risk of cancer themselves and may one day have daughters who could be affected."