Your genes can be an important tool for managing cancer
- The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends that genetic testing be made available to all patients with breast cancer.1
- All men with metastatic prostate cancer are encouraged to consider genetic testing.2
- Up to 1 in 6 men with prostate cancer has an inherited genetic mutation.3
- Medical guidelines recommended genetic testing for all patients with ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer.4
- Up to 1 in 4 patients with ovarian cancer has an inherited genetic mutation.5
- Medical guidelines recommend genetic testing for patients with pancreatic cancer.6
- Up to 1 in 5 patients with pancreatic cancer has an inherited genetic mutation.7
The benefits of genetic testing
Results may direct your doctor to therapies that may be more likely to work for you, including specific types of surgeries, chemotherapies, or targeted treatments.
In some cases, they can also qualify you for clinical trials.
Future HealthResults may suggest how likely it is that you’ll develop another cancer in the future, so you can be proactive and consider with your doctor risk-reducing surgery, medicines that can prevent cancer from developing (“chemoprevention”), or increased screenings going forward.
Discovering that you have a genetic mutation means that your family members may also be at risk.
They can get tested too and, if they also have the genetic change, can get more frequent cancer screenings so they can act early, when treatment is most effective.