If you're in Victoria, Living with Lynch Syndrome is coming to Melbourne!
Saturday, 22 November, 2014. Hurry and get your registration in.
Registration form for Melbourne Living with Lynch Syndrome
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Click on the link above to see how these medical professionals are improving the awareness and understanding of Lynch syndrome.
As a Healthcare professional, I am delighted to support Lynch Syndrome Australia’s Knowledge is Power campaign and am committed to helping to improve awareness of Lynch syndrome, an hereditary condition which exposes families to an extreme high risk of contracting multiple aggressive cancers.
Name – Professor Robyn Ward
Occupation – Head of the Adult Cancer Program Lowy Cancer Research Centre
Location – Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW
Name – Dr Daniel Buchanan
Occupation – Senior Research Fellow
Location – Department of Pathology and Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Melbourne
Name –Dr David G. Hewett, Associate Professor & Director, Medical Leadership Program
Occupation – Gastroenterologist and Therapeutic Colonscopist
Location – University of Queensland School of Medicine
Name –Dr Kathy Tucker
Occupation – Geneticist
Location – Prince of Wales and St George, Hereditary Cancer Clinic
Name –Dr Rachel Susman
Occupation – Clinical Geneticist
Location – Genetic Health Queensland, Royal Women’s Hospital
Name –Dr Michael Gattas
Occupation – Clinical Geneticist
Location – Genetic Health Queensland & Brisbane Genetics, Wesley Medical Centre
Name –Professor Andreas Obermair
Occupation – Gynaecological Oncologist
Location –Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital & Greenslopes Private Hospital
Name –Jan Wakeling
Occupation – Associate Genetic Counsellor/Coordinator
Location –QLD Familial Cancer Registry, Royal Women's and Children's Hospital - Genetic Health QLD
Name – Dr Rachel Susman
Occupation – Senior Genetic Counsellor
Location –Royal Women's and Children's Hospital - Genetic Health QLD
Name –Professor Finlay Macrae
Occupation – Head, Colorectal Medicine & Genetics
Location –Royal Melbourne Hospital
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER - PRESS RELEASE
Our primary mission is to serve our Australian communities by focusing on providing support for individuals afflicted with Lynch Syndrome, creating public awareness of the syndrome, educating members of the public, outreach to medical professionals, in person, by mail, phone and through exhibiting at medical conferences
We will offer complimentary speaking services to organisations and institutions and provide support for Lynch Syndrome research endeavour.
What is Lynch Syndrome?
Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) predisposes individuals to an approximate 80% chance of contracting colorectal cancer during one's lifetime as well as an up to 60% chance of contracting endometrial cancer.
Diagnosed individuals possess a higher than average risk of contracting various cancers of the gastrointestinal organs, cancers of the abdominal area, the ovaries, the esophaegus, the bladder, the ureter, the kidneys, the liver, the gallbladder duct, the pancreas, the prostate, the skin and the brain.
Because Lynch syndrome is hereditary, a 50% chance exists that a person will pass it down to one's children. Lynch syndrome does not skip generations.
Lynch syndrome is the result of an inherited genetic defect mostly involving the MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2 genes. Other less common mutated genes involved with Lynch syndrome exist but the most common are the MLH1 and the MSH2.