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 can reveal how quickly your cancer may progress, so you can decide how aggressive you want to be in your treatment.
In some cases, results can also direct your doctor to certain therapies that are more likely to work, or qualify you for clinical trials.
Future HealthResults can suggest how likely it is that your cancer will come back, so you can be proactive and consider with your clinician 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 mutation, can get more frequent cancer screenings so they can act early, when treatment is most effective.