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Some types of cancer run in certain families, but most cancers are not clearly linked to the genes we inherit from our parents. In this section you can learn more about the complex links between genes and cancer. Topics include: family cancer syndromes, genes and cancer, genetic testing for cancer, understanding genetic testing for cancer, what happens during genetic testing for cancer, and should I get genetic testing for cancer risk?
This resource explores BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations, Cowden Syndrome, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Lynch Syndrome, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, Von Hippel-Lindau Disease, how risk is inherited, testing for inherited cancers, and payment and legal protection.
Learn more about risk factors for hereditary cancer, reasons to consider genetic testing for cancer, additional factors to consider, questions to ask yourself about genetic testing, and additional resources.
This resource explores the following questions: What is genetic testing? Does someone who inherits a cancer-predisposing mutation always get cancer? What genetic tests are available for cancer risk? Who should consider genetic testing for cancer risk? How is genetic testing done? What do the results of genetic testing mean? Who can help people understand their test results? Who has access to a person’s genetic test results? What are at-home or direct-to-consumer genetic tests? How are genetic tests regulated? What research is being done to improve genetic testing for cancer?
This site includes general information about genetic testing as well as answers to the following questions: What are the types of genetic tests? How is genetic testing done? What is informed consent? What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing? How can consumers be sure a genetic test is valid and useful? What do the results of genetic tests mean? What is the cost of genetic testing, and how long does it take to get the results? Will health insurance cover the costs of genetic testing? What are the benefits of genetic testing? What are the risks and limitations of genetic testing? What is genetic discrimination? Can genes be patented? How does genetic testing in a research setting differ from clinical genetic testing? What is genetic ancestry testing?