The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

Pro­fes­sor Ian Tom­lin­son, of Can­cer Re­search UK, has missed the cen­tral ar­gu­ment about his team’s re­search into bowel can­cer ( Let­ters, Novem­ber 2).

He has failed to fur­nish the read­ers with a valid rea­son why he has se­lected the small Ashke­nazi com­mu­nity to iden­tify un­known genes, since it would be more log­i­cal to screen the larger gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. Fur­ther, we chal­lenge him to present a sin­gle pub­lished pa­per that rec­om­mends rou­tine screen­ing for the APCI1307K gene mu­ta­tion, as ge­netic screen­ing for col­orec­tal can­cer is un­re­ward­ing.

We ap­peal to in­ter­ested par­ties to tol­er­ate healthy in­di­vid­u­als en­joy­ing life and ab­stain from stim­u­lat­ing them to imag­ine that they may de­velop can­cer. Rabbi JJ Ros­ner Jewish Can­cer Coun­selling Cen­tre Rook­wood Road, Lon­don N16

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