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Be Smart, Know Your Genetic Risk

If you could take a blood test to learn if you have an increased risk for developing cancer, wouldn’t you do it?

While 5 to 10 percent of cancers are associated with inherited gene mutations, 55 to 85 percent of women with a BRCA gene mutation will develop breast cancer, and 27 to 44 percent of women with the mutation will develop ovarian cancer if appropriate preventative strategies aren’t taken.

Genetic testing identifies if you have an increased risk for certain types of cancer. Understanding the potential risk factors and knowing your genetic risk can help you make important decisions about your health. Detecting cancer early is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.

Genetic testing isn’t right for everyone, and genetic counseling is an important part of the genetic evaluation. You are encouraged to talk to your doctor about your family history to determine if you need a genetic evaluation or complete this screening form.