Inherited genetic mutations play a major role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers, possibly more. Researchers have associated pathogenic mutations in specific genes within our DNA in more than 50 hereditary cancer syndromes. These syndromes may predispose a person to developing cancer. At Cancer Care Northwest we offer comprehensive Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment (CGRA) and genetic testing to identify high-risk patients and provide personalized care plans.
Genetic testing can help determine if you have an increased risk for certain types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, colorectal, endometrial (uterine cancer), stomach cancer, ureter/renal pelvis, biliary tract, small bowel, pancreas, brain, or sebaceous adenomas. Knowing your risk can prevent cancer or detect disease when it is more curable.