Do you have family members that have had colon or breast cancer? Ever wonder if you have the genetic predisposition to have the same cancers? We can help.
We offer Myriad® hereditary genetic testing for Breast Cancer.
Approximately seven percent of breast cancer cases are caused by mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Individuals who carry a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer by age 70. Myriad® testing offers us a way to identify patients who are carriers of a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
We offer Myriad® hereditary genetic testing for Colon Cancer.
Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of hereditary colon cancer. About 3%-5% of colorectal cancers are believed to be caused by mutations in the MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 , PMS2 or EPCAM genes. When a patient carries a mutation in any of these genes, he/she has a condition called Lynch syndrome, also known as Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC) syndrome. Myriad® genetic testing allows us to identify patients who are at higher risk of developing colon cancer.
As with all genetic testing, there are certain criteria that determine if you are a candidate for the test. If you would like to know if either of these tests are appropriate for you, please contact our office at 210-305-5075.