All cancer is caused by harmful changes, known as mutations, in a person's genes. Some mutations are caused by chance, lifestyle and environmental factors. Mutations are also passed down through families. Individuals with hereditary cancer risk have a much greater chance of developing cancer during their lifetime and are more likely to have relatives with the same type or other types of cancer. They may develop more than one cancer, and their cancer often occurs at an earlier than average age. Both men and women can inherit and pass down genetic mutations. Even men with a family history of cancer, including breast and ovarian, should consider family cancer risk testing.
Knowing your personal and family history of cancer is the first step in determining if you might be at an increased risk for cancer.
How it Works
- Take our short quiz to determine if you are a candidate for testing.
- Your quiz results will be reviewed by our cancer nurse navigator and you will be notified of your results and next steps, if any are required.
- If you are a candidate, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to take the test. The test involves the collection of a blood sample with a special kit that is sent for analysis.
- Test results are then delivered directly to your provider in about two weeks.
- Your provider will schedule an appointment to discuss your results and, if needed, outline next steps for additional screenings and plans for managing any increased cancer risk.
Knowing if you are at increased risk for cancer empowers you to make lifesaving decisions. Together with your physician, you can create a personalized plan to prevent cancer, identify cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage or prevent secondary cancers. Visit our locations page to search for locations that offer cancer risk testing.