What is BRCA PROTECT?
BRCA PROTECT is a ground-breaking research programme at University College London (UCL) supported by women’s cancer charity, The Eve Appeal.
The aim of the programme is to understand the molecular events that lead to the development of breast and ovarian cancer, so that we can effectively predict and ultimately prevent the occurrence of these cancers. We hope to develop new preventive measures that will enable women to reduce their risk of developing these cancers, without the need for surgery, thereby expanding the range of options available to women at risk of cancer.
What is involved?
A vital component of the programme is a dedicated Research Clinic which allows women to contribute to the research. Women with no known risk of cancer as well as women who are at higher risk because they carry a faulty gene (BRCA1 / BRCA2 and those with Lynch Syndrome) will be asked donate three samples (a cervical smear, a mouth swab and a blood test).
A new strategy for prevention of women’s cancer
The team at UCL has already made major strides in understanding the causes of these cancers. Based on this research, the team is now ready to test new ways of preventing disease, without the need for surgery. This has the potential to revolutionise the lives of women with BRCA mutations. Moreover, it will enable us to better understand how cancer develops in general, which will likely benefit all women.
Support us in other ways
The BRCA PROTECT Research Clinic is funded by The Eve Appeal – a charity working for a future where fewer women develop and more women survive female cancers. The goal of the research clinic is to create a new standard in reventing inherited female cancers. Together, we can increase our understanding of women’s cancers and save significant more women’s lives.
Please support our life saving research by making a donation to The Eve Appeal at www.eveappeal.org.uk/donate