Causes and risk factors

Genetic testing and counselling

You might be offered the chance to test for some genetic conditions. It's important to understand what might happen and the effect any possible results might have.

Genetic testing and risk-reducing surgery for breast cancer

Genetic testing and risk-reducing surgery for breast cancer

Wendy and her daughter Becky share their experiences of genetic counselling and genetic testing.

About our cancer information videos

Wendy and her daughter Becky share their experiences of genetic counselling and genetic testing.

About our cancer information videos

General information Inherited cancers

If a cancer occurs more often in a family than in the general population, some people in the family may have inherited a cancer susceptibility gene.

General information Genetic counselling

A genetic consultation is a discussion with a person trained in genetics. They will advise you on your risk of developing cancer.

General information Genetic testing

You will only be offered genetic testing if your family history suggests you may have inherited a cancer gene.

General information Having a high risk of cancer

Knowing you have an increased risk of cancer can be difficult. There are options for managing the risk and getting support.

General information Opera Tool

OPERA, an online information tool on inherited risk of breast or ovarian cancer, is unavailable while it’s being maintained.