What is Hereditary Cancer Gene Testing?
Everyone has a risk of developing cancer in their lifetime. In most people cancer develops by chance, but some people have a genetic predisposition that can increase their risk of developing cancer. Knowing if you have a genetic predisposition can give you and your physician information to try to reduce or prevent your risk of developing cancer.
We all have 2 copies of almost all genes in every cell. One copy is inherited from your mother and one copy is inherited from your father. When you have children, you pass on one copy from each pair to your children. Nothing a parent does before, during or after a pregnancy affects which copy of a gene is passed on.
Some genes can have changes, or misspellings, in how they are written that cause the body to no longer understand them. These changes are called “mutations”. Mutations can be caused by our environment, such as radiation, or they can be inherited. If a parent has a mutation in one copy of a gene, they have a 50% random chance of passing that mutation on to each of their children.
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
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