What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing looks for specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes, genes, or proteins. Genetic mutations can have harmful, beneficial, neutral (no effect), or uncertain effects on health. Mutations that are harmful may increase a person’s chance, or risk, of developing a disease such as cancer. Overall, inherited mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers.

Valued management options suggested due to genetic test results include:

  • Increased breast examination, including self-examinations, clinical breast examinations, mammogram,
  • ultrasound and MRI-based
  • Increased thyroid examinations
  • Increased colonoscopy frequency
  • Risk-reducing prophylactic surgery and/or chemo prevention
  • Early and increased prostate cancer screenings
  • Consideration of MRI-based screening/technologies

Benefits of Testing

  • Dig in to your health history.
    Could the cancer or heart condition in your family have a genetic link?
  • Care for your family.
    Your results could identify relatives who could benefit from genetic testing.
  • Pass on knowledge.
    Help future generations know what to look out for.

Panels Include

Comprehensive Panel (55 genes)

Breast Panel (16 genes)

Breast/GYN Panel (23 genes)

Pancreatic Panel (20 genes)

Prostate Panel (12 genes)

Colorectal Panel (17 genes)

Renal/Urinary Tract Panel (27 genes)