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How do you know which cancer genes you need to be tested for?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Genomic or genetic?

There are many new tests available now.
Also the number of conditions or diseases being detected is larger. It is difficult to understand the implications of testing without having an expert provide perspective. A good start is asking relatives about health problems or becoming a 'medical detective' looking into old records. Then, if the family agrees, consult a clinical geneticist about testing.

In brief: Genomic or genetic?

There are many new tests available now.
Also the number of conditions or diseases being detected is larger. It is difficult to understand the implications of testing without having an expert provide perspective. A good start is asking relatives about health problems or becoming a 'medical detective' looking into old records. Then, if the family agrees, consult a clinical geneticist about testing.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Foster Carr
If a particulary type of cancer has already developed in a family memeber or yourself then you can focus on the oncogenes for that type of cancer.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Medical history

What to screen for depends on you family history, and your personal history.
A geneticist can determine if you are at risk for a certain cancer gene mutation and request the appropriate tests.

In brief: Medical history

What to screen for depends on you family history, and your personal history.
A geneticist can determine if you are at risk for a certain cancer gene mutation and request the appropriate tests.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Helen Mabry
Surgery

In brief: Family history

If you have a mother, sister or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer then you might need brca 1 or 2 testing.
If your relatives or you yourself had breast cancer at an early age or several different breast cancers or if you have several family members (aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc) with breast or ovarian cancer you should talk to your doctor about getting tested. If not then no.

In brief: Family history

If you have a mother, sister or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer then you might need brca 1 or 2 testing.
If your relatives or you yourself had breast cancer at an early age or several different breast cancers or if you have several family members (aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc) with breast or ovarian cancer you should talk to your doctor about getting tested. If not then no.
Dr. Helen Mabry
Dr. Helen Mabry
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