If you have a family history of cancer, it’s possible that you inherited certain genetic mutations, or changes in the structure of your genes. Research has shown that some germline mutations lead to cancer. About 5-10% of all cancers are caused by such inherited mutations. Early detection of increased cancer risk leads to better health outcomes.
Germline genetic testing is a form of precision medicine used to determine if you’re at increased risk for developing certain types of cancer. Commonly inherited cancers include breast, ovarian, gastrointestinal, colorectal, pancreatic, melanoma and prostate.
Germline testing identifies inherited gene mutations like those in the BRCA1/2 genes. Variants of BRCA1/2 genes lead to increased risks of several cancers — most notably breast and ovarian cancer.
Testing for germline mutations is usually performed by a mouth saliva swab that is sent to a specialized lab for genetic testing. It usually takes just a few weeks to get the test results. Your provider will share your results and discuss what it means for you and your family.
Germline genetic testing can benefit adults of all ages who have an immediate family history of cancer or an at-risk ethnicity. Consider testing for hereditary cancer if you have an immediate family member with a history of:
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