Cancer genetics - how cancer sometimes runs in families

Booklet
Published: 30 Sep 2018
Next review: 31 Mar 2021
Edition: 6
This booklet is about cancer and genetics. It is for anyone who is worried cancer might run in their family, or has been told there is a higher risk of cancer in their family.
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Published: 30 Sep 2018
Next review: 31 Mar 2021
Edition: 6
This booklet is about cancer and genetics. It is for anyone who is worried cancer might run in their family, or has been told there is a higher risk of cancer in their family.

About this booklet

The booklet explains how genes affect the risk of developing cancer. It also gives information about:

- testing for gene mutations

- understanding test results

- ways to manage a higher risk of cancer.

We hope it helps you deal with some of the questions or feelings you may have. We cannot give advice about the best treatment for you. You should talk to your doctor, who knows your medical history.

Visit our online information about cancer genetics.

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