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We’re supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s call for genetic testing for patients under 50

10 August 2016

The charity Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal College of Pathologists have published findings showing that people under 50 diagnosed with bowel cancer are not being tested for Lynch Syndrome.

Lynch Syndrome is a genetic condition that increases the risk of bowel cancer by 80%. A woman with Lynch Syndrome also has a 10% risk of developing ovarian cancer, along with an increased risk of womb, pancreatic and bladder cancer.

Although there are currently no ovarian cancer screening options for women who carry a genetic disorder such as Lynch Syndrome, this knowledge could assist in getting any potential ovarian cancer diagnosed earlier if they present to their GP with symptoms.

Therefore it is vital that people eligible for genetic testing are able to access it and determine their own cancer risk. If they test positive for a genetic mutation then family members can be tested too.

You can read the full report from Bowel Cancer UK here.

We would encourage anyone with Lynch Syndrome to fill in Bowel Cancer UK’s survey and share their experience of diagnosing and managing the condition.

Genetic predispositions such as Lynch Syndrome are thought to account for up to 20% of ovarian cancers, with the most common being BRCA1/2 gene mutations.

Ovarian Cancer Action continues to campaign to ensure women who are eligible can access the BRCA testing they are entitled to. Our BRCA hub is designed to provide women with all the information, support and advice that they need to find out their eligibility and make an informed decision about their next steps.

How do you think the NHS should reach people who are unaware of their BRCA status? We want your opinion! Take part in our survey and help shape our future campaigns.