Health Tip: Considering Genetic Testing For Cancer?

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(HealthDay News) -- Of all cases of cancer, only 5 to 10 percent are thought to be strongly related to an inherited gene mutation, the American Cancer Society says.

While most people do not need to have predictive genetic testing, the society says testing is worth considering if you have:

  • A number of close relatives -- such as parents or siblings -- with cancer, especially with the same kind of cancer or stemming from the same genetic mutation.
  • A close family member with more than one type of cancer.
  • A family member who developed cancer at a younger-than-expected age.
  • A family member with a relatively rare cancer, such as breast cancer in a male.
  • If you and family members are of a certain ethnic background.
  • If you have a physical symptom of an inherited cancer, such as having colon polyps.

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1 Comment

Sat Oct 20, 2018 06:00 AM

Hi 

I am 35 years old lost my husband at 43 years, after 7 months battling,bladder Cancer metastasis to bones. His mother died of breast cancer,her sister died of colon cancer and niece (breast later metastasis to lung),my husband's grand mother(mom side) died of cancer(but so many years back, none of that age group is alive,I heard in her last days used to heavy bleed with stool).

My father in law died of liver cancer, one of his sister had a tumor in bone later cured completely after treatment , and another sister died of esophagea. 

From my side my metarnal aunt died of liver cancer.

I have a daughter 11 years and son 3 years old.

Shouldn't I be worried? And where may I do the genetic test for my children??

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