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.

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    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.

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    Inherited cancers: prostate cancer

    Some cases of prostate cancer are linked to certain cancer genes, which run in families.

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    Genetic counselling

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

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    Genetic testing

    You will only be offered genetic testing if your family history suggests you may have inherited an identified faulty gene.

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    Things to consider before having a genetic test

    Before deciding to have a genetic test, think about how you might feel if you do have a gene change that increases your risk of cancer.

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    Coping with 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.