This section will focus on genetic concepts surrounding the risk of cancer and advice on when to refer a patient to a genetics unit or family history clinic.

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In many cancers, it is thought that about 5-10% of cases are linked to inherited oncogenes. It is essential that GPs are aware of the genetic risks for the most common cancers, including breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers. This course covers the basic genetic concepts surrounding the risk of cancer, the importance of recognising families at risk of early cancers necessitating a risk assessment and knowledge of cancers which may be linked through an alteration in genes. It also offers advice on when to refer a patient to a genetics unit or family history clinic for consideration of genetic counselling, testing and surveillance.

This course was developed in partnership with CRUK.

Start Genetics in Cancer

Time to complete this course: 30 minutes
Date of publication: September 2014