Cancer Screening using Genetic Testing
What Does Cancer Screening Tell?
  • Cancer screening tells if an individual has the genetic risk factors to develop cancer.
  • Ideally, a genetic screen looks for specific changes in genes/chromosome/proteins.
  • Alteration/changes in genes/chromosome/proteins are called mutations.
  • The screen looks for any such abnormalities in the genetic material.
Advantages of Cancer Screening using Genetic Testing
  • Individuals can estimate the chance of developing cancer during their lifetime
  • Risk prediction of a particular disease
  • Forecast can help change lifestyle by implementing preventive measures
  • Cancer risks can be mitigated early by regular cancer screening
  • Genetic counseling before & after can help in future prognosis
Is cancer hereditary, things you must consider?
  • Do you have 3 or more relatives on the same side of the family who have suffered same or related forms of cancer?
  • Do you have 2 or more relatives diagnosed with cancer at an early age?
  • Do you have a recurring history of 2 or more cancers in the family bloodline?
  • If I have a genetic condition, can I lower my risks?
Things to Remember
  • Genetic testing helps in making a predictive health forecast
  • Many people suffer from depression, anxiety or guilt after the test. We recommend genetic counseling to prevent such emotional implications
  • The results only describe the risk for cancer
  • It doesnot say that you have cancer
  • Regardless of the mutation, only a few people develop cancer.
  • Out of 100 people who take cancer screen, there is a significant chance that only 25 might develop cancer
  • Individuals can estimate the chance of developing cancer during their lifetime
  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Colon & Rectal Cancer Screening
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Ovarian Cancer Screening

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