Before you decide to have a genetic test, you need to think about how you might feel if you find out that you have one of the gene changes that increases your risk of getting cancer. Some people want genetic testing in order to find out they’re all right and haven’t inherited a genetic mutation. But before you go ahead, you need to prepare yourself for possible bad news too.
You may want to consider how you feel about the options available if you have a positive test result, such as detecting early signs of cancer (screening) and reducing your risk of cancer. You may be offered more than one counselling session before having genetic testing. It’s important that you take as much time as you need before deciding whether or not to have the test.