Why do we need cancer risk assessment?
Cancer has always ranked the number one killer worldwide and everyone knows that. However, not everyone knows that cancer can be predicted and prevented. Identifying the inheritance of cancer genes opens up chances for early preventive measures.
How is family history related to cancer?
Cancer is a common disease. There are many factors that trigger cells in becoming cancerous: aging, poor life style, poor diet, or pollution can all lead to cancer. Normally, people are born with the ability to repair and control damages caused by these factors. These natural abilities are coded in some specific genes known as the damage-controlling genes. Hereditary cancers occur when we born with one or more of these genes mutated. In other words, these cancer-causing gene mutations can be inherited.
Family history is important in determining the chance of inheritance. Everyone inherits two copies of the same gene from our parents, one from father and the other from mother. Most of the time, both inherited copies are normal. If one of the parents has a mutation in these genes, then it means that there is a 1 in 2 chance (50%) of inheriting the same mutation. Although, of all cancer cases, only about 10% are hereditary, it is still important to find out your hereditary risk so that early prevention can be made.
How can Mygenia cancer panel test help you assess the cancer risk?
Mygenia cancer panel test covers 200 cancer related diseases:
Patients can either choose to screen for all 200 cancer types (test code OFC) or 1 cancer type only (test code OF1). We also offer a follow-up test for family members (test code OFF). This enables physicians in selecting the most optimal solution for the inherited cancer management as well as providing risk assessment for individuals with family history.
Who should do the test?
Precautions before testing
No transfusion of blood 1 month before the test
No organ Transplantation
What should I do if my test results are positive?
Please counsel your physicians or genetic counselor for professional advices before taking any actions.
Sharing the result with family members.