Signs of an inherited mutation linked to cancer risk
If you or a relative have been diagnosed with cancer, it may due to an inherited mutation. Signs of an inherited mutation or hereditary cancer include the following:
|You have a blood relative who has tested positive for an inherited gene mutation linked to cancer.|
You or any of your family members have had:
More than one family member on the same side of your family has had a combination of the following cancers:
This list is not comprehensive; other cancers may be hereditary too. If you would like to learn if the cancer in your family is hereditary, it is important to consult with a genetics expert.
- Both men and women can carry an inherited mutation linked to cancer.
- You don't need a large family history of cancer to have an inherited mutation linked to cancer. There are situations where a single case of cancer in a family is enough to prompt a referral to an expert known as a genetic counselor. Visit our section on Testing Guidelines for information on genetic testing listed by cancer type.