Mutations in genes passed from parent to child can drastically increase the risk of disease, including many types of cancer.
The ongoing discovery of genes involved in cancer allows us to test for cancer-causing mutations in those genes. If you have a mutation that puts you at increased risk of cancer, we can take action to reduce your risk of developing the disease. There are effective options to help lower your risk of cancer such as earlier and more intensive screening, preventive medications and risk-reducing surgeries. Once the potential risk of cancer is identified, we can choose the best way to possibly delay, or even possibly prevent, the development of certain cancers.*
Hereditary Cancer Testing
Having the information you need about your cancer risk can help improve health and quality of life while reducing healthcare costs. Hereditary cancer testing has been used to help millions of people make more informed healthcare choices. We offer testing for several inherited cancers including breast, ovarian, colon, skin (melanoma), uterine, pancreatic, gastric and prostate cancer.
Hereditary cancer testing provides vital information to help people with a strong personal or family history of cancer understand their own risk of developing the disease. With this information, they can take steps to potentially prevent cancer, delay the onset of the disease or catch it at an earlier stage when outcomes and survival rates are better.
Does Cancer Run In Your Family?
Cancer may be inherited if:
It occurs at a young age (e.g., below 50)
It develops in multiple family members
There are rare cancers in a family
Cancers can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family.