Inherited Cancer Genetics
Hereditary cancer syndromes are inherited disorders which increase an individual’s risk of developing one or several types of cancer. Approximately 5-10% of cancers are due to inherited, pathogenic mutations.
Genetic Testing for Cancer
Genetic testing is used to detect pathogenic, or disease-causing, variants associated with an increased risk for developing a hereditary cancer. The process involves sequencing specific genes to determine if any pathogenic genetic variations are present. As part of a complete risk assessment, results from this kind of genetic test can help further define an individual’s inherited genetic risk towards several types of hereditary cancer syndromes.
Who Can Benefit From Genetic Cancer Screening?
While it is a powerful tool, genetic cancer screening is not the best option for everyone. Genetic testing has limited utility for those without a family history indicative of hereditary cancer. Prior to testing, an individual should evaluate their personal and family history of cancer. This hereditary cancer risk assessment will help to determine if you can benefit from genetic testing.
Cancer Screening at LifeBrite Labs
LifeBrite Labs is an accredited laboratory that performs inherited cancer genetic testing for healthcare organizations across the United States. Our ten panels test for the most common cancers including breast, pancreatic, prostate and lung. Contact LifeBrite with any questions and learn why you should choose us for genetic testing.