Should You Take the Hereditary Cancer Gene Test?

Our Test Range

This table shows just some of our tests, and the genes they test against.

GENES BRCA 6 BRCA 8 BRCA 17 Gyn 9 Ova 24 Colo 17 Cancer 32 Panc 13 Renal 19 PGL 12 Cancer 49
BARD1
BRIP1
MRE11A
NBN
NF1
RAD50
RAD51C
RAD51D
ATM
PALB2
MUTYH
CHEK2
STK11
CDH1
BRCA1
BRCA2
PTEN
TP53
MLH1
MSH2
MSH6
PMS2
EPCAM
SMARCA4
APC
BMPR1A
SMAD4
CDKN2A
CDK4
GREM1
POLD1
POLE
MEN1
BAP1
FH
FLCN
MET
MITF
TSC1
TSC2
SDHA
SDHB
SDHC
SDHD
VHL
SDHAF2
MAX
RET
TMEM127

What is Hereditary Cancer Gene Testing?

Genetic tests in general take a closer look at your DNA and all it’s components. It looks for mutations in your choromosomes, proteins, and genes. The effects of these changes may have both beneficial and harmful results. One of the things that may be discovered is an inherent cancer in your system. This is the type of cancer that you may probably have gotten from your parents or grandparents. The chart below shows that all of us have a 50/50 chance of inheriting a gene mutation from our parents, or grandparents.

What kinds of cancer are usually checked for?

Asia Genomics offers tests for the following known kinds of hereditary cancer:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer or Cancer of the Uterus
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Paraganglioma and/or Pheocromocytoma Cancer
  • Full Cancer Panels

How is the Test Done?

Our hereditary cancer gene tests are done very easily. Your first move would be to consult your doctor regarding your interest to avail of the test. Once you have obtained consent, then the following steps would be done.

Step 1: Depending on the test, either a simple blood, saliva or tissue sample will be needed.
Step 2: From there, the specimen would be sent to an accredited laboratory that uses the NGS ( Next Generation Sequencing ) technology.
Step 3: Your results will be delivered to your physician. Should there be any questions, we offer post- genetic counselling.

Who should take this test?

There are some features in a person’s personal and family medical history that suggest a hereditary cancer syndrome. They include:

  • Cancer diagnosed at a young age
  • Detected multiple cancer types in the affected individual
  • Cancer in paired organs, eg. Bilateral breast cancer
  • Detected same cancer type in multiple relatives
  • Unusual cancers, eg. Male breast cancer
  • Presence of birth defects such as benign skin growths or skeletal abnormalities known to be associated with inherited cancer syndromes
  • Being a member of an ethnic group known to have increased risk for hereditary cancer syndrome, eg. BRCA mutation in Hereditary Breast and Ovarian cancer in Ashkenazi Jewish.

What kind of results should I expect?

After taking the test, your physician, as advised by our team, will explain to you the presence or none there of, inherited cancer genes in your system. From there you may take necessary steps to hinder your risks from progressing. By finding out early on the possibility of having this condition or possessing harmful mutations you may pass on to your children, you may be able to take the necessary steps to champion prevention or intervention in the beginning stages.