Family History of Cancer Testing
Having a family history for cancer usually means you have an increased risk for cancer. International guidelines recommended testing if you have a family history of cancer. Testing your risk will allow you to prevent cancer or detect it early.
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How Does it Work?
Having a family history puts you at increased risk for cancer. You may be carrying cancer causing genes, which can be tested for. Your report will not only tell you which cancers you have a risk for but also what preventive action you can take.
The tests examines genes known to cause cancer in families (for example BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene). If the genes are not mutated, you do not have an increased risk for cancer. If the genes are mutated, it means you are at a higher risk for developing cancer.
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After learning about high cancer risk, Rekha underwent a masectomy and now lives without the worry of getting breast cancer.
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How can you prevent cancer?
Depending on the type of cancer, there are various ways to prevent the cancer. Each method had its unique pros and cons. Here are the common options:
- Medication: Certain medications can reduce cancer risks by up to 50%
- Surgery: Surgeries can reduce cancer risks by over 95%
- Getting the Right Checkups: Getting cancer caught in Stage 0 has high-survival. Stage 4 (which is the most common in India) typically has under a 5% chance to survive for 5 years. Depending on the cancers you are at risk for we suggest which checkups are best for you.