In our March Lunch and Learn webinar, Professor Sir John Burn spoke about ‘Lynch syndrome and Genomics’.

Lynch syndrome is a rare condition that can run in families and lead to a higher risk of developing certain cancers such as bowel, womb (endometrium), stomach and pancreatic. An estimated 200,000 people in the UK have Lynch syndrome, but only 5 per cent have been tested and diagnosed.

Professor Sir John Burn is Professor of Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University, Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist and former Chair of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has led research into Lynch syndrome for over 30 years, including creating a national registry of people with Lynch syndrome to help inform surveillance, treatment and care of people with the condition

Professor Sir John walked us through these elements of his life’s work, looking at questions such as:

  • What is Lynch Syndrome and just how common is it?
  • What do mainstream colleagues need to know about Lynch, and why is it so important that they are involved?
  • What is the best way to screen and treat this group of patients?

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.