Between two and five per cent of bowel cancer is inherited and if you have a close family member with the disease, you are 30% more likely to develop it than the rest of the population.
Between 5 and 10 per cent of pancreatic cancers are believed to be hereditary. So-called familial cancers are linked to a faulty gene that runs in families. Not everyone who carries the gene will develop the disease, however their risk is higher and people are advised to make lifestyle changes…
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.