Lately, there has been a lot of talk about women receiving genetic testing to find out if they have the BRAC1, BRAC2 or any gene mutations. While there are several different stances you can take on genetic testing, it is imperative to know the facts. With the help of Gwinnett Medical Center, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about genetic testing.
Q: Who should consider getting genetic testing done?
A: GMC suggests that anyone with a strong personal or family history of breast, ovarian, colorectal or endometrial cancer could benefits from genetic testing. GMC also offered genetic counseling for those with a high risk of cancer.
Q: What percentage of cancer is hereditary?
A: Only five to ten percent of cancer is caused by inherited gene mutations. What’s more, not everyone who carries a gene mutation will develop cancer in their lifetime.
Q: How is genetic testing done?
A: At GMC, they take a sample of your cells from the inside of your mouth or from your blood. These samples are then sent to a lab where technicians looks for certain changes in your DNA.
Q: What does genetic counseling include at GMC?
A: during genetic counseling at GMC, they will look at a detailed version of your family’s medical history. They will also asses your risk and your family’s rick for developing cancer, discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing with your and offer you counsel in order to help you make the best decision for your health.
Q: You got tested and are high risk for breast cancer, what now?
A: At GMC, they offer a High Risk Clinic where they will help you develop a plan to try to prevent you from getting cancer, as well as an early detection plan.