We hope we’ve given you all the information you need but there really is a lot to take in. In case we’ve missed anything, we think these resources are really helpful too:
- A Beginner’s Guide to BRCA1 and BRCA2 – by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
- A Beginner's Guide to Lynch syndrome – by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Lynch Syndrome UK
- Prospective Lynch Syndrome Database – Open access database to find out your risks, for different gene mutations at different ages
- InSight: The International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT) is an international multidisciplinary, scientific organisation whose mission is to improve the quality of care of patients and families with any hereditary condition resulting in gastrointestinal tumours
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
- NICE Clinical Guidelines CG164: This guideline covers care for people with a family history of breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer.
- Clinical Commissioning Policy: Genetic Testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations, NHS England: An overview of who’s entitled to BRCA testing and how that testing can be accessed.
To help demonstrate your right to BRCA testing you can download one of the following template letters and take it to your GP:
- If you have ovarian cancer (England and Wales)
- If you have ovarian cancer (Scotland)
- If you have BRCA in the family (England and Wales)
- If you have BRCA in the family (Scotland)
- If you have a family history but no relative available for testing (England and Wales)
- If you have a family history but no relative available for testing (Scotland)