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About hereditary cancer

Cancer is a common condition which affects one in three people in their lifetime. Cancer is not usually inherited, however some types, such as breast, ovarian, colorectal and prostate cancer can be strongly influenced by genes and can run in families. 

We all carry certain genes that normally protect us from being diagnosed with cancer. Inheriting faulty versions of these genes, which are unable to repair damaged cells, significantly raises your risk of developing cancer.

What is cancer genetic testing?

A cancer genetics test is a DNA test to discover whether you are carrying a genetic mutation that could cause cancer. We are one of the only private providers to offer the latest, validated, hereditary cancer gene panel tests which are not routinely available elsewhere.

This multi-gene technology enables us to simultaneously examine dozens of genes at once, instead of looking at the inheritance of one potentially cancer-causing mutation at a time. 

Possible results following your cancer genetics test

  • 1. Mutation is found icon plus

    A mutation is found in a gene known to increase the risk of cancer. Increased screening and risk-reducing techniques will be recommended
  • 2. Genetic variation uncovered icon plus

    A genetic variation is found, but whether or not this is the definite cause of cancer is unknown. Screening will be recommended based on your family history
  • 3. No mutation detected icon plus

    No mutation is found. It is possible that there may be an undetectable mutation or a mutation in a different gene.
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Understanding your risk of cancer

In some families, there are specific patterns which may indicate an inherited cause for cancer developing.

These could be:

  • diagnosis of cancer at a young age
  • a member of your family having two of more types of cancer
  • several close family members being diagnosed with the same or related cancers
  • consecutive generations of a family being affected by cancer.

 If you can identify with any of the above factors and are concerned about your risk of developing cancer, book to see one of our consultant geneticists.

During your consultation, we will discuss whether you would like to take a cancer genetics test.

Our genetic specialists

Our genetic consultants identify the tests that are appropriate for each individual, taking into consideration family history. The specialist can advise what the tests results will show, and inform you about available treatments and the long-term outcomes for patients diagnosed with a genetic disorder.

How to pay for your cancer genetics test

An initial appointment with one of our expert consultant geneticists is £300 for 45 mins. A deposit of £100 will be taken at the time of booking to secure the appointment.

Following a detailed assessment, the consultant will discuss which genetic tests will be appropriate according to your unique family history. The additional costs of testing will be fully discussed/consented before proceeding.

Hereditary Cancer Genetic Testing

We offer genetic testing at a number of clinics throughout the HCA UK network. The laboratory testing for genetics is undertaken by Sarah Cannon Molecular Diagnostics

Contact Us

If you are concerned about whether your family history could put you at risk of developing cancer, get in touch to book a consultation with our team of consultant geneticists today.

0203 733 5084
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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