The UK Cancer Genetics Group, hereafter called UKCGG, is a Specialist Interest Group of the British Society of Genetic Medicine (BSGM).
UKCGG is a national, multidisciplinary organisation with membership including clinicians, counsellors and scientists with an interest in the hereditary aspects of cancer. Its mission is to identify and promote early detection and prevention for those at risk of cancer from their family history or inherited susceptibility and to improve the quality of care of those individuals affected as a result of a hereditary cancer syndrome. This will be accomplished by:
- Encouragement of research into the hereditary aspects of cancer.
- Education of physicians and other healthcare professionals in the identification of those individuals at risk, the role of molecular genetics and clinical management of hereditary tumour syndromes.
- The promotion of clinical services for families with hereditary tumour syndromes.
- Provision of a forum for the presentation of data, discussion of controversial areas involved in the care of patients and their families.
- Facilitation of collaborative studies.
- To be a stakeholder and opinion leader in National discussions at all levels on matters relating to the hereditary aspects of cancer and to those affecting the provision of health care of at-risk families.
- To debate, advise and inform societal aspects of hereditary tumour predisposition (such as ethical and legal issues).