The challenge this year is to " Make the Promise to Kiss and Tell". The aim is for everyone to share a conversation about their family health history. Investigating your family history of breast and ovarian cancer is a first step to finding out your own level of risk of hereditary ovarian and breast cancer.

Most breast and ovarian cancer occurs by chance, due to lifestyle factors or environment, but can occur due to an inherited risk from a faulty gene. Some of the known inherited changes are in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women and some cancers in men.

It is possible to detect mutations in cancer predisposing genes through a simple blood test taken from the woman who has developed the breast or ovarian cancer. If a gene fault is detected, other family members ( men and women) can be tested for the faulty gene. The testing should always be done after informed genetic counselling regarding the outcomes possible.

The Kiss and Tell initiative offers tools such as a downloadable " family history tree" which will help in knowing who to ask and what to ask for. For further information:

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