Hereditary Cancer genetic testing looks for specific inherited changes to a person’s genetic makeup. These changes, referred to as mutations, can result in increasing a person’s risk of cancer. These mutations can also be inherited.
Gene sequencing advancements enable detection of a number of common genetic mutations that can be responsible for cancers. As an example, 12% of women in the general population will develop breast cancer at some point in their life. Recent estimates indicate that 55-65% of women with the BRCA1 gene mutation will develop breast cancer before the age of 70. Significant increases in ovarian cancer also occur with this mutation. Other cancers include colorectal, pancreatic, kidney and uterine.
Benefits Of Testing
Identify carriers of many common hereditary cancer gene mutations
Implement early and comprehensive screening in at risk patients
Blood or saliva collection for specimens