With only a saliva sample, you can identify your risk for these 25 hereditary cancers by analyzing 98 genes from your DNA.
Cancer can be connected to your DNA – that is, cancer is often caused by certain changes to genes that control the way your cells function, especially how they grow and divide. These changes include mutations in your DNA.
Genetic mutations associated with increased cancer risk can be passed from parents to their children. These inherited abnormal genes are in contrast to acquired mutations, which occur over time and include environmental factors and lifestyle choices such as smoking or sun exposure.
Inherited genetic mutations play a major role in about 5 to 10% of all cancers.1 People with certain genetic mutations may have an increased risk of manifesting hereditary cancers up to 20 times greater than individuals without these mutations.2-5
Those who inherit mutated genes associated with cancer not only have a greater risk of getting hereditary cancer, the cancer tends to appear earlier in their lifetime— and their cancer is usually more aggressive.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two widely recognized genes known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, as well as prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and male breast cancer. However, many other genes can also influence your risk of developing cancer.
According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, about 4 in 10 people in the United States will get cancer in their lifetime2. Cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and the number of cases of cancer worldwide is projected to increase by 70 percent in the next two decades.6
Understanding your risk for hereditary cancer is a major step in taking charge of your health so you can proactively change the expression of your genes through lifestyle, diet, supplements, exercise, and even your outlook. Armed with the knowledge of your genetic mutations, you can:
Genetic risk is about probability, not certainty. Having genetic mutations does not mean that you will get cancer it just means that you may need to work harder to lower your risk than people who do not have the mutation. One of the greatest benefits of genetic testing is knowing you have a mutation and having access to a personalized health risk management program. This can help prevent or find cancer at an earlier stage when it is most treatable.
The following document provides a full set of instructions and the contents of the lab kit for completing the test:
Results take 4-5 weeks from when specimen is received. This test is not available in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Rhode Island. Since genetic mutations do not change over time, each person needs to be tested only once in their lifetime.
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