Recent research has identified a number of genes related to inherited cancer risk. In fact, estimates suggest that between 5 to 10% of all cancers are due to an inherited gene mutation.
If you carry one of these inherited gene mutations, you may have a significantly higher lifetime risk of developing cancer compared with the general population. By considering personal and family medical histories, a doctor can identify people who could benefit from meeting with a genetic counselor for a hereditary cancer risk assessment.
A genetic test for cancer risk doesn’t reveal the presence or absence of cancer. Instead, it shows whether you have an inherited tendency – predisposition – cancer. Though there aren’t physical risks involved with genetic testing, there can be a psychological impact. That’s why we recommend education and counseling with genetic testing.