What is Hereditary Cancer?

153478735Most cancer is sporadic, meaning it happens by chance. Although everyone has a chance of developing cancer, there are certain factors (e.g., lifestyle habits or family genetics) than can increase or decrease this chance. However, a small number of people (~10% of the population or less) inherit altered genes that may predispose them to developing particular cancers. Since the 1990s, several inherited cancer genes have been discovered, for which genetic testing is available. Individuals interested in learning more about whether they or their family members may be at a higher risk for cancer development due to an inherited gene mutation should consult with a specialist with experience in the area of hereditary cancer, cancer risk assessment, and genetic counseling and testing.


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