Causes and risk factors

Genetic conditions and inherited cancers

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

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.

Inherited cancers: prostate cancer

Some cases of prostate cancer are linked to certain inherited cancer genes, which can run in families. There are other risks, some of which can be reduced.

Lynch syndrome

Lynch syndrome (LS) is a condition that can run in families. It increases the risk of developing bowel, womb and some other cancers.

Genetic counselling

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

Genetic testing

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

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.