Research has shown that up to 10 percent of cancers are due to genetic factors that are passed from one generation to the next. These inherited cancer syndromes are known as hereditary cancers and there are genetic tests that can be used to determine an individual’s risk for developing these cancers. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be at risk for cancer – based on information such as a personal or family history of cancer or membership in an at-risk ethnic population (such as people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry) – you may want to talk to your healthcare professional about genetic testing.
There are many benefits to getting genetic testing, regardless of the eventual result. If one of your family members — however distant — had cancer, there is a chance that you inherited a gene mutation that not only increases your personal risk of cancer, but also could be passed on to the next generation. Those who are carriers of hereditary cancer gene mutations, could be at greater risk than the general population of getting cancer earlier in life and developing multiple cancers. The sooner genetic testing is done, the more likely it is that the risk can be managed appropriately.
Remember: Your healthcare professional is your most valuable source of information about hereditary cancer screening.
Facts About Myriad’s Genetic Tests
- Genetic testing is done via a saliva sample or a blood draw
- Insurance generally covers 90 percent of testing costs
- Privacy laws are in place to protect you
- Payment plans are available if needed
Is Genetic Testing Right for You?
Myriad’s Hereditary Cancer Quiz helps you to assess whether you might be a candidate for hereditary cancer testing.
Click here to take the easy, 30-second Hereditary Cancer Quiz.