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Open day for Cancer Genetics Service

04 July 2008

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The 5th of July 2008 - the 60th Anniversary of the NHS - sees an Open Day organised by staff from Cardiff University working in conjunction with the Cancer Genetics Service for Wales.

The Open Day takes place at County Hall, Cardiff Bay from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Saturday 5th July 2008. Everyone who has been referred to the Cancer Genetics Service for Wales (CGSW) since its inception in 1998 has been invited to attend. Over the last ten years the Service has seen more than 15,000 people across Wales who are concerned about their family history of an inherited cancer, such as breast, ovarian or colorectal cancer.

CGSW runs an innovative programme of research, funded largely by Tenovus, the Cancer Charity, for families in Wales. Much of this research has focused on the psychosocial aspects of cancer genetics, including how best to provide information and support to individuals and families, and exploring different ways of meeting their needs.

The Open Day includes information stands, advice on health, well-being and reducing the risk of cancer, as well as a number of talks given by clinicians on such topics as genetic testing and using family histories to calculate risk. Stands include the Wales Gene Park, Tenovus, the Maggie’s Centre from Swansea and the Telling Stories Project from the University of Glamorgan.

The Open Day reflects many of the themes of the links between Cardiff University and the NHS over the past 60 years. Academics and health professionals have worked together, using the very latest in medical research for the benefit of patients across Wales and beyond. A full focus on feature celebrating 60 years of these links can be found here Focus on....Cardiff and the NHS

There will be another Cancer Genetics Open Day in North Wales on Saturday 15th November 2008.

For further information contact Dr Rachel Iredale at the Cancer Genetics Service for Wales, Tel; 029 02748925 or