Your genetic specialist may talk to you about having a genetic test. They will usually do this if your family history shows you have a high risk of developing the cancer. Or if a close blood relative has had a test that found an inherited cancer gene.
There are several things to think about before having a genetic test. We have listed some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of having a genetic test below.
It’s natural to want genetic testing to find out you have not inherited a cancer gene. But you also need to prepare yourself for the news that you may have a cancer gene.
You may also want to think about how you feel about screening and other options for managing your cancer risk.