The key features of a family history that may increase risk are:
• Diseases that occur at an earlier age than expected
(10 to 20 years before most people get the disease)
• Disease in more than one close relative
• Disease that does not usually affect a certain gender
(for example, breast cancer in a female)
• Certain combinations of diseases within a family
(for example, breast and ovarian cancer, or heart disease and diabetes)
If your family has one or more of these features, your family history may hold important clues about your risk for disease. Once detected surveillance and surgical options are available for reducing the risk of cancer.
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How to Reduce Your Risk
Most of us know that we can reduce our risk of disease by eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and not smoking.
But did you know that your family history might be one of the strongest influences on your risk of developing cancer?
Did you also know that most insurance plans will pay for your genetic testing depending upon your personal and family cancer history?
Knowing your risks for hereditary cancer is vital to you and your family.
Some cancers such as breast, ovarian and colon cancer may be linked to genetic mutations (BRCA or Lynch Syndrome mutations). Based on your family history, a simple test can be performed in the office and sent for genetic analysis.
Recommendations for your individualized surveillance and treatment are made according to your test results. This information provided through genetic testing helps you make better, more informed treatment decisions.
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