Only Close Family History Needed for Cancer Risk Assessment

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Oncology group releases new recommendations focused on two generations for determining genetic risk factors in new patients



Sat Feb 08, 2014 01:39 AM

My mother had all the cancers that my sister and I have also had.  I always thought her cancers were due to poor living and eating habits.  Also alcoholism.  Of course her illnesses were prior to DNA testing to discover the deeper cause.  When my sister and I had genetic testing it was discovered to be Lynch Syndrome.  Her son and grandson also had the same genetic mutation.  It has come down to us through 4 generations that I know of.  My surgeon Matt Rawlins, did take a family history and based on that recomended genetic testing.  Now we know what to do to be proactive in treatment and that gives me peace of mind.   I have had great medical care and the miracle of being cancer free for now.  .   

Mon Feb 10, 2014 05:35 PM

I don't think these guidelines are personalized enough.

What if the person does not have siblings?  Are just the cancer histories of two people (the parents) enough?

What if a female patient does not have sisters?  Is just the mother's history enough?

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