#Hcchat Hereditary Cancer Chat

There will be another #Hcchat on Twitter this month with special guest Ellen Matloff.

There will be another #Hcchat on Twitter this month with special guest Ellen Matloff, MS, CGC entitled, "What About The Kids: Should We Test Children for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes?" Ellen Matloff, MS, CGC, will provide her expertise on this controversial topic. We hope you can join us.

Do you know about #Hcchat (Hereditary cancer chat) News? It’s a monthly newsletter put together by #Hcchat’s Amy Byer Shainman -- it’s a collaboration effort by all the top patients advocates for those with hereditary cancer syndromes to bring you all the latest news, blogs, books, clincial trial infomation and much more. Please find the link to it here.

Have you read the recent research regarding staying out of the sun?

According to a recent study published March 21 in the Journal of Internal Medicine, you may want to consider spending a little more time in the sun.

Researchers studied nearly 30,000 Swedish women and found that nonsmokers who stayed out of the sun had a similar life expectancy to smokers who basked in the sun. Contrary to popular belief, avoiding the sun is not a health benefit. Sunbathers not only lived longer but if they did develop cancer, they fought it better than those who avoided the sun. You may want to think about where you live, consider your country’s UV index and rethink the use of sunscreen.

And for those of you with Lynch syndrome and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes, here's some information on an upcoming conference:

Save the Date!

April 30, 2016, Conference on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome (LS)

“Our fourth Beyond Risk conference for individuals with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome (LS) will be held this spring! This is an event designed specifically for people affected by these conditions and their families. We will provide information and management updates promote early cancer detection and cancer risk-reduction. We also hope to have time for you to make connections with others so you can meet other families share your stories, and support one another."

Date: April 30, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.)

Location: The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

Directions: http://www.fawcettcenter.com/page/directions

Check your mailboxes in the next few weeks for a registration brochure or contact us at genetics.clinic@osumc.edu for more information.” (via https://internalmedicine.osu.edu/genetics/patient-care/clinical-cancer-genetics)

Yours,

Georgia Hurst, MA

Founder and Executive Director of ihavelynchsyndrome.com

Twitter: @ShewithLynch