How do genetics affect my risk of developing a certain type of cancer?
Approximately 5-10% of all cancers develop because a person inherits a genetic mutation in a way that encourages the disease to grow. Individuals with these genetic mutations are far more likely to develop certain cancers, often at a much earlier age than the general population.
Medical management of people with a higher cancer risk/hereditary risk can be very different then that for people with a lower cancer risk/general population risk. By working with your healthcare provider, you can determine if your family history suggests increased risk for a hereditary cancer family syndrome. An individual with a personal and/or family history of multiple cancers on the same side of the family, breast, colorectal, or endometrial cancer at age 50 or younger, or rare cancers at any age such as ovarian, male breast cancer, and triple negative breast cancer are examples of red flags to indicate the need to assess for hereditary cancer.
Introducing myRisk Hereditary Cancer Test
Here at Marina Shores OBGYN I offer the Myriad myRisk Hereditary Cancer test. This test analyzes 25 genes associated with cancer risks, thereby providing critical information to make optimal medical decisions and take action in building a personalized cancer risk-reduction plan. Myriad myRisk reports can be positive or negative for genetic mutations known to increase cancer risk. Management recommendations for specific cancer risks are generated on the basis of well-established and respected medical guidelines. Ultimately, the information provided allows proper management of your cancer risks.
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