• 22May

    Macmillan’s cancer genetics information and support resources

    Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement about having risk-reducing breast surgery has sparked a worldwide interest in genetics as a risk factor for cancer. At Macmillan Cancer Support, they saw an 800% increase in visits to their familial breast cancer page, and a 1,140% increase in visits to their online self-assessment tool for checking genetic breast cancer risk. They know people are going to Macmillan for cancer genetics information, and they have a whole online section dedicated to it at macmillan.org.uk/genetics

    Macmillan would like to make sure that anyone working for public health knows what Macmillan can offer in this area, so you can signpost people to high-quality support and resources. Macmillan have produced a genetics flyer and genetics poster, which sum up Macmillan’s range of support for those worried about cancer and genetics.

    These resources signpost to their online genetics information, cancer genetics booklet, ‘Are you worried about…’ leaflets, and the online self-assessment tool OPERA for checking the risk of genetic breast or ovarian cancer. They also include the Macmillan Support Line. So everything’s in one place, and you can feel confident that anyone you give these to won’t miss out on any of our support. You can order whatever you need from be.macmillan.org.uk

    If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Howse on ahowse@macmillan.org.uk