You may be told you have a high risk of developing a certain type of cancer. This may be because you had a genetic test that found an inherited cancer gene. Or it may be because of your family history.
Knowing that you and some of your family have a higher cancer risk can be difficult to accept. Even if you think you have prepared for this news, having it confirmed can come as a shock. To some people this may feel like being told they already have cancer. To others, knowing may feel more empowering and help them make choices to lessen their risk.