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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.

Genetic testing for people from families with a known mutation

People who have blood relatives who tested positive for a cancer-causing mutation are at risk of carrying the same mutation and should speak with a genetics expert about genetic testing. The more closely related two people are, the higher is the likelihood that they share the same genetic mutation.

Benefits of genetic testing

Genetic test results may provide you and your family with additional health information and help you make medical decisions. 

  • Positive test results can help you understand your cancer risk and take actions to stay healthy.

  • Negative test results may provide reassurance that your risk for cancer is not increased.

  • Test results can help your relatives understand and manage their risk for cancer.

Additional support and resources

If you have a relative who tested positive for an inherited mutation and you are considering genetic testing, you may want additional guidance or support. FORCE's Peer Navigation Program provides expert reviewed resources and 1:1 personalized peer support by specially trained volunteers who have experienced the very challenges you face. 

Updated 08/11/17

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