There is a growing awareness of genetic testing for a wide range of hereditary cancers. This is due, in part, to high profile celebrities like Angelina Jolie who famously underwent preventative breast cancer surgery after discovering she had the BRCA gene mutation, which greatly increases the risk of breast and…
Certain types of cancer are hereditary, meaning they can be passed down through families. Genetic testing is a way of identifying people at increased risk of these hereditary cancers, but it has tended to be women rather than men who, historically, have been encouraged to get themselves tested.
Genetic testing for certain health conditions, such as hereditary cancers, can be an empowering experience, enabling people to take control of their own health if they are at increased risk. A positive test result means you might choose to make different lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of becoming ill.
Currently genetic testing for hereditary cancer is only offered on the NHS in certain circumstances – usually if a family member, or several family members, die. How could a simple saliva-based DNA test help families better understand their cancer risk?
Inherited faulty genes can increase your risk of developing breast cancer from 5% to 87%. Here’s how a simple saliva test for hereditary cancer could predict your risk and ultimately might even save your life.