Medical research is quickly expanding our knowledge of cancer and genetics. We know that certain cancers are more likely to run in families. Approximately 5-10% of all cancers are hereditary. These include, but are not limited to, breast, colon, endometrial, melanoma, pancreatic, ovarian, and prostate cancers. We can test for genetic links to those cancers. Knowing your cancer risk factors, including genetics, can make a huge impact on your future health. It can promote the following:
- Ways to reduce your risk of cancer
- Early check ups and tests
- Treatment choices
The end result? Peace of mind knowing you’re doing all you can to live a long healthy life. Please contact the CHI Health Cancer Genetics Program near you:
Who Should Consider Genetic Testing?
Not all cancers are inherited. Almost 90 percent of cancers are attributed to environmental factors, lifestyle choices or a combination of reasons. You may benefit from genetic counseling and testing for inherited cancer if your family history includes:
- Cancer that occurs at an early age (50 or younger)
- Two or more close relatives who have had the same type of cancer or related cancers
- Cancer that has occurred in more than one generation
- More than one cancer in the same family member, especially certain combinations such as cancers of the breast/ovary, colon/uterus or melanoma/pancreas
- A close relative with a rare type of cancer or tumor such as male breast cancer
- Cancer that develops in both breasts, both ovaries, both kidneys, etc.
- Other factors associated with inherited cancers, such as multiple colon polyps