The incidence of common cancers is rising. Check4Cancer works with employers, their insurers and their advisers to help employees become the first line of defence through early detection and education services.
Check4Cancer offers BowelCheck, BreastCheck, GynaeCheck, LungCheck, ProstateCheck and SkinCheck, all governed by globally renowned cancer specialist consultants.
In addition to the above services for early detection of cancer, Check4Cancer is managing the largest independent network of genetic councillors in the UK, through the majority controlled GeneHealth UK Ltd.
Based in Cambridge with close links to the University and pioneering medical community, we offer a nationwide service to employers across the UK either in their workplace or in one of our UK wide clinics.
Below are our list of Clinical Advisors:
Mr Justin Davies
Clinical Advisor - Bowel
Mr Justin Davies is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he is also Clinical Director of General Surgery. He has a strong research pedigree in bowel cancer screening, publishing his work in this field in high impact factor journals such as the Lancet and Nature Reviews Cancer. He is the recipient of several prestigious research prizes, including the Patey Prize and John of Arderne Medal, and has lectured on this topic nationally and internationally. He is a Member of Council of The Royal Society of Medicine Section of Coloproctology and is the current Chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. Justin joined BowelHealth UK in July 2013 as Clinical Director.
Prof. Gordon. C. Wishart
Clinical Advisor – Breast
Professor Gordon Wishart studied at Edinburgh University Medical School and trained in general, breast & endocrine surgery in the West of Scotland deanery. He completed a Cancer Research Campaign Research Fellowship at the CRC Beatson Laboratories in Glasgow in 1989 leading to award of a MD entitled “Aspects of multidrug resistance in breast cancer” in 1992. Following his initial appointment as a consultant breast & endocrine surgeon in Sussex in 1995, he moved to Cambridge in 1998 to develop the breast unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, now known as the Cambridge Breast Unit. As clinical director of the Cambridge Breast Unit (CBU) from 2005-2010 he played a significant role in developing the CBU as a breast centre with a national and international reputation for research and clinical excellence. He was appointed as visiting Professor of Cancer Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University in 2008 and has an international reputation in the field of clinical breast cancer research. He recently led a team that developed and validated the new PREDICT
breast cancer survival and treatment benefit model.
Clinical Director - Genetic Services
Vicki Kiesel is a registered and certified genetic counsellor. Vicki has worked within the field of oncology genetics for 7 years and is currently working within the NHS as a principal genetic counsellor, leading a team of genetic counsellors, and is also an honorary clinical lecturer. She teaches cancer risk assessment to allied healthcare professionals and is a mentor to genetic counsellors. She has worked with numerous specialists in the identification of individuals at risk of hereditary cancer and her work on genetics has been published. Vicki previously led the oncology genetics department at Stamford Hospital in the US and launched the first colorectal cancer registry in the state of Conneticut.
Mr Jullien Brady
Clinical Advisor – Gynaecology
Jullien Brady has extensive experience in the UK cervical screening program. He is one of the National Quality Assurance Directors and Lead Colposcopist representing the East of England for both of these roles. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the BSCCP, the governing body of Colposcopy. Mr Brady is passionate about women having the opportunity to maximise their health choices and screening options. Having done all his undergraduate and post graduate training in London Mr Brady was appointed as a Consultant in 2008. He also provides a comprehensive clinical service in Gynaecology.
Prof. Sam Janes
Clinical Advisor - Lung
Professor Janes is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at University College London and Director of the lung cancer programme for London Cancer, and he has strong research interest in improving diagnostic techniques for lung cancer. Professor Janes qualified in 1992. He leads a group interested in the pathogenesis of lung disease including cancer formation and its treatment with new biological and cellular therapies within UCL Respiratory Research Department. He has a particular interest in using stem cells as a cellular vector for gene therapy in cancers. In 2012, he formed the Lungs for Living Research Centre supported by the UCLH Charitable Foundation focusing on researching early lung cancer and the role of stem cells in its formation and treatments. His important work has been recognised by a number of international awards for his research team and the personal award of European Thoracic Oncology Investigator of the Year in 2010. Having published around 100 papers surrounding lung cancer, Professor Janes sits on the British Thoracic Society and British Lung Foundation scientific committees.
Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam
Clinical Advisor – Prostate
Vincent Gnanapragasam, BMedSci, MBBS, MA, PhD, FRCS, FRCSEd(Urol) is an academic consultant urological surgeon at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He has trained in the Northern Deanery, Paris and Cambridge. He was the first urologist and surgeon to be awarded a Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship and is a recipient of a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His academic work covers basic science, translational and clinical prostate cancer research with over 15 years of experience. His primary interests are in precision diagnostics, optimal management of high-risk prostate cancer and the use of biomarkers for personalised risk stratification and therapy selection. He has published over 55 scientific papers (84% as first or senior author). He has attracted over £3.1 million in research funding to date. Vincent leads his own research programme and is chief investigator for a number of primary research translational and clinical trials. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and has been a peer reviewer for a national and international grant funding bodies. Apart from this his clinical work role involves undertaking robotic radical prostatectomy, advanced diagnostic techniques e.g.image guided template perineal prostate biopsies and management of men on active surveillance for low risk disease.
Mr Per Hall
Clinical Advisor – Skin
Mr Per Hall has been a consultant plastic surgeon in Cambridge since 1995. He has been a pioneer in the early detection of skin cancer using computer imaging for over 20 years. Mr Hall and his team have had a major input in the development of SIAscopy, producing the most clinical papers on the subject. Mr Hall is also committed to helping children in developing countries and regularly trains surgeons in cleft lip and palate surgery to facilitate this. Mr Hall oversees the SkinCheck