New hereditary cancer risk tool launched by UK charity

A new tool has been developed by a UK charity to help people identify if their family history puts them at greater risk of developing ovarian and other cancers.

Ovarian Cancer Action has created the Hereditary Cancer Risk Tool, which lays out a series of questions regarding a person's family history of cancer, before comparing the answers to national testing eligibility guidelines.

Users will then receive clear guidance on potential next steps if an individual chooses to pursue testing on the NHS, while also offering a reminder of the importance of being aware of common cancer symptoms regardless of their genetic status.

Since around 15 per cent of ovarian cancer cases are linked to genetic mutations, it is estimated that the lives of around 1,000 women a year in the UK could potentially be saved if given enough knowledge to take timely preventative action.

Jo Stanford, hereditary cancer specialist at Ovarian Cancer Action and co-creator of the Hereditary Cancer Risk Tool, said: "Genetic testing is one of our strongest weapons in the fight against ovarian cancer and this tool makes it very easy to find out if you are eligible."ADNFCR-2094-ID-801847163-ADNFCR