Lynch Syndrome, Press Releases

Let’s end the #ScreeningGap for families with Lynch syndrome


We, along with other leading clinical experts, are calling for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme to extend its service to include people with Lynch syndrome. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, the programme already runs to a very high standard with strict waiting times to test healthy people aged 60+ for early signs of bowel cancer. We can use the mechanisms already in place to make sure people with Lynch syndrome are seen on time with the same high quality care.

It’s incomprehensible that a robust and organised programme is made available for people at average risk but not for those at high risk of bowel cancer.

Ultimately, the buck must stop with the UK’s health ministers – call on them to stop cancer devastating families with Lynch syndrome

Read the letter to the BMJ here

Professor Sir John Burn
Professor of Clinical Genetics
Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive, Bowel Cancer UK; Professor James Hill, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland; Professor Colin Rees, Consultant Gastroenterologist, British Society of Gastroenterology; Dr Marc Tischkowitz, Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, UK Cancer Genetic Genetics Group; Dr Kevin Monahan, Consultant Gastroenterologist, West Middlesex University Hospital; Professor Huw Thomas, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Imperial College London; Professor Matt Rutter, Consultant Physician, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust; Miss Nicola Fearnhead, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Addenbrookes Hospital; Professor Gareth Evans, Consultant of Medical Genetics and Cancer Epidemiology, Manchester Universities Foundation Trust; Dr Fiona Lalloo, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Manchester Universities Foundation Trust; Professor Wendy Atkin, Professor of Gastrointestinal Epidemiology, Imperial College London
Newcastle University
Bowel Cancer UK, Willcox House, 140-148 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LB
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