Anthony Dagul

Anthony Dagul lives in North London with his wife, Alison. Alison found out that both she and her daughter are BRCA1 gene mutation carriers, after she was diagnosed with aggressive breast and ovarian cancer.

Men need to get tested too:

One of the problems that we faced initially, was that we didn’t realise that it could be passed down through the paternal side. We would encourage as many men as possible to test for the faulty BRCA gene if there are instances of cancer in their family, either on the male or the female side. Case in point with my father-in-law, he was extremely healthy throughout his life, he’s still alive, he’s 92 and doing very well. He has the faulty BRCA gene which has been passed on to my wife.

Stopping the deadly inheritance:

What we are hoping to do is to create huge awareness, that both men and women can be tested very simply and inexpensively for the faulty BRCA gene. In doing so, you can save your children’s lives and you can save yourself huge heartache. I don’t think that people are aware that the faulty BRCA gene can be stopped, simply because there’s not enough information out there. However, there is a way through a fertility treatment, a form of IVF, called PGD, whereby faulty BRCA gene embryos are screened out and a woman can have a baby through this method. My daughter Gaby has chosen to go down this route when she has her family. We are very happy to know that the deadly inheritance that has come through her grandfather, stops with her.