It is estimated that 5-10% of all cancer is hereditary – that is, those who have the gene mutations that cause these cancers were born with them. Early detection is a key factor in reducing risk in those who are predisposed to hereditary cancers.
In addition to our Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer, we are now offering screening for hereditary prostate cancer and other cancers including ovarian, colorectal, uterine, stomach, pancreatic and melanoma, to anyone who is concerned that their personal or family history creates an increased risk of genetic mutations that can cause hereditary cancers.
This screening gives clinicians a clearer, more precise way to identify and manage hereditary cancers. It also gives patients information they need to become more active partners in their own care. For example, if a man were shown to have an increased risk for prostate cancer it would allow him to:
- Modify the frequency and initial age of initial prostate cancer screenings.
- Identify at-risk family members.
- Consider risk-reducing measures for themselves and other family members.
- Tailor treatment specific to their mutation.