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Genetic Cancer Testing

Insight about Genetic Cancer Testing:

Approximately 10 percent of patients with cancer have a genetic variant that increased their risk of developing the disease. Mutations in genes passed from parent to child can drastically increase the risk of cancer.

The ongoing discovery of genes involved in cancer allows scientists and clinicians to test for cancer-causing mutations in those genes. If you have a mutation that puts you at increased risk of cancer, you and your healthcare professional can choose the best way to possibly delay, or even possibly prevent, the development of certain cancers.*

There are effective options to help lower your risk of cancer such as earlier and more intensive screening, preventive medications and risk-reducing surgeries.

In addition, genetic testing produces information that may help you and your healthcare provider:

  • Provide an explanation for your personal or family history of cancer.
  • Evaluate your risk of developing future cancers.
  • Make informed medical decisions, including treatment for an already-diagnosed cancer and/or surveillance and preventive options to help detect or prevent future cancers.
  • Qualify you for participation in clinical trials or research studies.
  • Identify other at-risk relatives for whom genetic testing is recommended.

Knowledge of your inherited risk for cancer can be a useful tool to guide prevention, risk-reduction and help save lives. Identifying a cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage, help saves lives!

Visit our 'Why people undergo genetic testing?' page, by clicking here, to watch a video to learn more about Genetic Cancer testing.

Genetic Cancer Screen Association is a leading Health Advocacy group in the fight against cancer! We are comprised of like-minded individuals, with one goal: To offer support, information and resources to Empower and Help Save Lives!

* The information provided is for general informational purposes only and not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice.  You should consult your own doctor and/or an appropriate professional to determine what may be right for you.

Any discussion of medical management options is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation. While genetic testing and medical society guidelines provide important and useful information, all medical management decisions should be made based on consultation between each patient and his or her healthcare professional.

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