How might hereditary cancer genetic testing help me and my family?
Depending on the gene, testing positive for a pathogenic variant could mean that you have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers. Because pathogenic variants often run in families, your relatives may also have inherited the same variant. Genetic testing can help you and your family members:
- Take steps to detect cancer early/lower the risk of developing certain cancers
- Determine the best treatment approach if cancer occurs
- Identify if there is an inherited risk to develop cancer in a family so that relatives can make an informed decision about genetic testing
I have cancer (or had cancer before). Should I still be tested?
You can still benefit from hereditary cancer genetic testing even if you currently have cancer or have been diagnosed with cancer in the past. Genetic testing can help identify underlying hereditary causes of your cancer. This test might help you and your healthcare provider:
- Better understand your risk of developing additional cancer(s)
- Identify strategies to reduce the risk of developing additional cancer(s)
- Take steps to detect cancer early. Early detection may help improve outcomes
- Determine the best treatment approach for certain types of cancers
“Knowing your health, knowing that you have these risk factors, that is powerful information for you to have as a patient in order to move forward and have control of your health versus your health having control of you.”
Jennifer Reynolds, Founder of Pink Warrior Angels Hill Country
Pre-test educational video
If your doctor determines that a hereditary cancer test is right for you, he or she may ask you to watch this informational video to learn more about the testing process.