Genetic Testing Study
There has been media coverage recently on a study currently underway at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne which will provide population-based genetic testing for women with inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The study has just received $1 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia which will allow for the screening of 10,000 Australian women
Women who are interested in taking part in the study need to register to be part of the Lifepool project, which you can do via their website at http://www.lifepool.org/. Lifepool can also be contacted on 1800 198 082.
There are currently 54,000 women on the Lifepool database. The 10,000 women recruited into the BRCA screening study will be selected randomly to ensure the sample is representative of the population so it is possible that even if you register with Lifepool you will not be selected for this study. Ultimately, it is hoped that all members of Lifepool can be provided with genetic screening as funding becomes available.
If you are particularly worried about a family history of cancer, we recommend that you speak to your GP and arrange for a referral to a Familial Cancer Centre close to you. OCA Support Team.