Hereditary Cancer Test


Genetic Testing for Cancer at Mercy

If cancer runs in your family, it's possible you have certain inherited genetic mutations. Germline DNA refers to the tissue of reproductive cells that form the basis of the DNA in every cell of your body.

Research has consistently shown that germline mutations often lead to cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, up to 10% of all cancers may be caused by inherited genetic changes.

Finding out early if you have an inherited genetic mutation can lead to better health outcomes in the future. That's where we come in.

At Mercy, we strive to make your health care experience as seamless as possible. Getting tested is as simple as completing your risk assessment and setting up an appointment.

Once you've come in for your test, you'll be able to see your results on MyMercy, an app that coordinates all your care in one convenient place.

Thanks to our integrated network of doctors, if you need follow-up care based on your test results, we'll set you up with the right specialist.

Cancer is one of the hardest things a person may have to face in life. But having the right knowledge and information will better prepare you for any risks that lie ahead. 

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Complete the eligibility questionnaire to see if you might benefit from the hereditary cancer risk (germline) test:

What Is Germline Genetic Testing? 

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, skin and prostate. 

Germline testing identifies inherited gene mutations like those in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Variants of these genes can lead to having an increased risk of developing several cancers, most notably breast and ovarian cancer. 

Testing for germline mutations is usually performed by using a saliva swab in the mouth. The swab is then sent to a specialized lab for genetic testing. It usually takes a few weeks to get your results back. Your provider will reach out once your results are ready and discuss next steps 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. You should consider hereditary cancer testing if you have an immediate family member with:

  • Cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Two or more types of cancer
  • More than one close relative diagnosed with the same type of cancer
  • Rare cancer types linked to genetic mutations
  • An ethnicity linked to increased risk of inherited cancers 

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