Approximately 5% to 10 % of all cancers are hereditary. The known inherited cancer syndromes can cause a greater increased risk for the development of cancer and disease recurrence. Genetic testing provides a better understanding if you or your loved one is at risk for developing a related hereditary cancer.
At Lancaster Cancer Center, we identify patients who have “red flags” in either their personal or family history, which indicates to us that genetic screening may be an appropriate step. After an informational meeting with a genetic screening nurse, a blood sample is drawn and sent to a specialized lab. Results are available within 2 to 3 weeks and those results will be discussed with you in detail with your physician.
If you have a personal or family history of cancer, please don’t hesitate to discuss your possible hereditary cancer risk with your doctor. You may also take the Hereditary Cancer Quiz located on Myriad Genetics website at www.hereditarycancerquiz.com.