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Who Should Consider Testing?

Learn about genes and cancer, signs of hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, types of genetic tests and what results mean for you and your family.


The benefits of genetic testing depend on a person's situation. Genetic testing is not appropriate for everyone. Genetic testing:

  • improves understanding about cancer risk to guide medical decisions about the best way to manage their risk
  • provides information to help people who have been diagnosed with cancer make treatment decisions
  • affects eligibility for some clinical trials and research studies
  • helps your relatives understand and manage their risk for cancer

The best way to decide if your cancer or the cancer in your family is caused by an inherited mutation is to consult with an expert known as a genetic counselor. A genetic counselor can provide you and your family with information about genetic testing and your cancer risk. Visit our section on genetic counseling to find a qualified genetics expert. 

To learn more see our "Should I Get Genetic Testing?" or consider signing up for our Peer Navigator Program to get one-to-one support as you make your decsions around genetic testing.

Updated 10/17/16

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