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Why should I get tested?
By understanding your genetic risk for hereditary cancer, you and your doctor can make more informed decisions about your healthcare, manage your risks, and implement preventative care. Preventative screenings and care can ward off cancer or detect cancer earlier than ever before.
How Does DNA Work?
The majority of our DNA is the same from one person to the next, after all, we are all human. But, it’s the remaining unique combination of variants that distinguishes us from one another.
Some of these differences are what increase or decrease our risk for certain diseases and how different medicines can affect us. These variants in our DNA are the basis of our unique genetic makeup.
Our Genes are not the only cause of cancer. Other contributing factors include an individuals lifestyle, environment, diet, age, and exposure to toxic substances.
Which Cancers Are Hereditary?
Some people are born with a gene mutation that they inherited from their mother or father. This damaged gene puts them at higher risk for cancer than most people. When cancer occurs because of an inherited gene mutation, it is referred to as hereditary cancer.
In recent years, scientists have discovered a number of mutations that can contribute to a person’s risk of developing certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, colorectal (colon), and prostate cancer, as well as some other, less common cancer types.
If Your Parent Had Cancer Will You Get Cancer?
If a parent had cancer or a mutatable gene then their children have a 1 in 2 chance (50%) of inheriting it. So some children will have the mutatable gene and an increased risk of developing cancer and some children won’t.
Being born with one mutable gene doesn’t mean that a person will definitely get cancer, but they do have a higher risk of developing particular types of cancers. They are also more likely to develop cancer at a younger age because of their genetic predisposition to cancer.
Personal & Family Cancer History includes: You and your blood relatives throughout multiple generations.
Have you or any one family member had:
- ovarian or fallopian tube cancer at any age?
- breast cancer at age 45 or younger?
- two or more cancers in one person?
- more than one breast cancer diagnosis?
- both breast and ovarian cancer?
- triple-negative breast cancer?
- Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish ancestry?
- male breast cancer?
- paraganglioma or pheochromocytoma any age?
- 10+ colorectal polyps in one person?
- family member had a positive result for a gene mutation?
Have 2 or more family members on the same side of the family had:
- breast cancer?
- uterine cancer under 50?
- multiple family on same side with ovarian or uterine cancer and another cancer?
- multiple cancers in one person?
- colorectal cancer under 50 with abnormal MSI/IHC?
- multiple family with colon, uterine, ovarian &/or stomach cancer?
- kidney cancer under 45 or multiple kidney cancers any age?
- prostate cancer?
- pancreatic cancer under 60?
*If you have little to no knowledge of your family history you may want to get tested*
Why Should You Get A Genetic Cancer Test?
- With your test results, you and your Doctor will be more aware of any serious genetic risk that you may have and can implement regular, early preventative testing and treatment, as well as lifestyle assessment to keep cancer at bay.
- The test results not only tell you if you have the gene mutation that puts you at a higher risk for certain cancers, but it also tells you the level of risk, which type of cancer, and where it is likely to manifest. With increased surveillance, should cancer appear, it can be detected earlier than ever before possibly making treatment more effective and less traumatic.
- You can help your family, children, and grandchildren with awareness of any serious genetic risk they, too, may have so they can be tested and implement healthy lifestyle changes.
- Plan for the future. Gaining knowledge on your risk of developing diseases can help you and your loved ones better prepare and plan for your future.