New Genealogical Databases to Determine Family Cancer

The use of large family history databases to determine a person’s likelihood of developing cancer has been well received in a recent study – and further trials should be conducted to see if their use is possible in Britain and other countries, according to a new research paper co-authored by a Plymouth University academic.

Heather Skirton, Professor of Health Genetics, worked alongside Vigdis Stefansdottir from Landspitali – the National University Hospital of Iceland to carry out a study on 19 participants in focus groups in Iceland.

Genetic counsellors work with people to find out their likelihood of suffering from different diseases and conditions based on their genetic history. While pedigree drawing software – family history charts made specifically for each family – is often utilised in genetic services worldwide, the use of genealogical databases is unusual, due to the current unavailability of such databases in most countries.

You can read the full story in an article by Amy Mcsweeny in the MedicalXpress web site at:

One Comment

David Paul Davenport July 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Too bad the Standards published by the Board for Certification of Genealogists precludes all certified genealogists from providing the names of living people in their research. I surmise that cancer researchers (and their patients) would benefit enormously by connecting living people at risk to develop cancer.


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