All of us have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of cancer, but some common cancers – breast, melanoma, pancreatic, prostate and ovarian – are known to occur more frequently in families, passing from one generation to the next.
It’s because certain gene mutations can be inherited. Perhaps the most commonly talked about are the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, where mutations can indicate increased risk of developing breast, melanoma, pancreatic, prostate and ovarian cancers.
30-gene Pan Cancer Panel Test examines these and an additional 28 genes which can also indicate risk in the areas of uterine, colorectal (bowel) and stomach cancer. Our clinician or one of our specialists can help advise you about whether this test is appropriate for you.
Knowing you have a genetic mutation enables you to make sure you have regular check-ups and screenings.
Many mutations are known to be hereditary: if you have a mutation, there is a 50% chance that your brothers and sisters – and your children will have it too.
Discussing your results with a professional geneticist or your own doctor can help you:
All test kits include mandatory pre and post-test support which will either be provided by London Medical Testing Doctors.
It’s never been simpler to understand your health and risk of cancer
What your results mean for you.
As with your pre-test counselling, either your own clinician or one of our UK-based Consultant Genetic Specialists will contact you to discuss your results and their implications for you.
A positive result does NOT mean you have cancer, or that you will definitely develop it. It does means that a mutation, or genetic change, has been identified in a specific gene that increases the chance of your developing certain cancers in your lifetime – and your personal results will provide more detailed information specific to you. There may also be implications for other members of your family – and this will also be discussed with you.
A negative result means that no mutations or genetic changes associated with an increased risk of the most common hereditary cancers were identified in the genes that were analysed. The result does not eliminate your risk of developing cancer completely as there are other factors, such as lifestyle, or perhaps mutations not detected by current technology or mutations in other genes. Again, all this will be discussed with you.