Genetic Testing Considerations

  • Genetic testing may help determine an individual’s risk for cancer.
  • It is recommended that an individual who is considering genetic testing get genetic counseling before and after the test. Genetic testing is a personal decision and understanding the possible implications of the results is an important part of informed consent for genetic testing.
  • Genetic testing for cancer risk can help estimate your chance of developing cancer in your lifetime. Genetic testing is a useful test in a small minority of individuals or families with young cancers, certain types of cancer or a strong family history of cancer.
  • Find out if you have genes linked with increased cancer risk that may impact other family members, like siblings or children.
  • Depending on the results of the genetic testing there may be specific medical management guidelines (NCCN) to help reduce risk for cancer
  • Genetic testing does not determine if you have cancer or if you will develop cancer but if you have a higher risk of developing cancer than the general population.
We do not inherit cancer – we can inherit an increased risk for cancer.