What is the genetic cancers risk assessment?
Approximately 5-10% of all cancer is due to a genetic fault (mutation) which can be inherited through a family. Families with an inherited mutation may benefit from a genetic cancer risk assessment, increased cancer screening and/or risk reducing strategies.
Families with an increased genetic cancer risk often show one of the following clues:
- Several relatives with the same type of cancer
- Relatives diagnosed at particularly young ages (usually before age 50)
- Several affected generations
- Individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple cancers