The discovery of the genetic mutation which creates high risks for gastric cancer was a lifesaving step in scientific research in the late 1990’s. Researchers who studied a large New Zealand Maori family made this first important connection in 1998. Since then, genetic testing has helped families worldwide in determining their risks and deciding on strategies to prevent Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) in members who have the genetic mutation.
Today, scientists believe that other gene mutations may also create high risks for HDGC, and they continue to search for these unidentified genes. Connecting families with current research projects is critical to new developments and further prevention efforts.
You can help in one of two ways:
- 1) Determine if your family qualifies for participation in the study
- 2) Help find the families who do qualify, by sharing this information with your genetic counselor
For further information, including your potential participation in the study, please read the Genetic Predisposition to Gastric Cancer Information Sheet which has been provided by Professor Parry Guilford, Center for Translational Cancer Research at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.