When it cancer, “an ounce of cancer prevention is worth a ton of cancer cure.”. Prevention is one of the few known ways to dramatically improve health outcomes for people and lower healthcare spending.
Cancer prevention starts with a healthy lifestyle (e.g., maintaining an ideal weight, not smoking), having regular check-ups and assessing ones’ family history of cancer. Knowing your family history is very important. An estimate 10 percent of common cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate cancers are due to a mutation in a cancer-causing gene.
One of the easiest ways to get started with a family history assessment is to take the hereditary cancer quiz and to share the results with your physician or healthcare provider.
Advances in Genetic Testing Are Ushering in a New Era of Personalized Medicine
Depending on your family history, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a myRisk® Hereditary Cancer test to determine if you carry a mutation that puts you at increased risk for developing one of eight different types of cancer. myRisk tests 35 cancer-causing genes and combines that information with your own personal/family cancer history into a personalized report. Your doctor can then use this report to help you take steps to prevent or lower the risk of cancer.
New Breakthroughs in Genetic Research are Rapidly Improving Progress for More Patients
As our understanding of cancer genetics improves, Myriad is expanding its test offerings to help even more patients. One example is our riskScore® breast cancer risk-prediction tool, that is designed to predict breast cancer risk in certain women who have a family history of cancer and test negative for an inherited mutation on the myRisk test. riskScore helps to further predict a women’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer using clinical risk factors and more than 80 genetic-markers throughout the genome to provide patients with an individualized breast cancer risk assessment.
Excited by the Future
We are at a time of remarkable progress in cancer prevention and care. We are excited to see what future innovations will hold for patients and their families.
Credits: Myriad Genetic
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