When you have a genetic screening test it can help you whether the result is negative or positive. If the results are negative, there is some reassurance that you are not at a higher risk of developing the specific condition or cancer. Should the result be positive, you will be able to take action and seek advice to reduce risks, help your family learn about their risks and undergo further investigations if necessary to identify conditions earlier.
All of us have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of cancer. There many different risks such as environment, lifestyle and hereditary factors. About 10-15% of most cancers are due to hereditary genetic mutations. If you can identify this risk it can allow development of plans to help detect and treat any conditions earlier. You can also share information with relatives so that they can learn if they are also at higher risk of specific cancers or conditions.
The cancer screen analyses 30 genes known to increase the risk of specific cancers. These cancers include:
Cardiac Screen (Heart)
This screening test analyses 77 genes related to inherited heart conditions such as:
- Blood pressure
- High Cholesterol
Cancer and Cardiac Screen
This panel of genetic screening tests analyses 74 genes for hereditary cancers and cardiac risks outlined above.
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If the results are positive then there is a mutation on the specific gene that increases your lifetime risk of developing that specific condition. This does not imply you have the condition or will definitely develop it but helps us become aware that your risks are higher than the general population.
If your result is negative, this means that the gene mutation is not present that would be associated with an increased risk of the hereditary conditions being analysed. This does not eliminate your risk of developing the condition as there are other factors such as lifestyle and environmental factors. There may also be other mutations that may not be detected with the current technology or tests.
Our private GPs will take a medical history and family history that will identify your risk factors. They will identify which screening tests would be suitable for you. The test involves taking a sample of saliva (spit) or sometimes blood. This sample is then sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis. Your results will usually take between 4-6 weeks. When the results are available we will contact you to discuss them. If positive, a geneticist will contact you to discuss the implications of the genetic screening test results. The will discuss the outcomes and subsequent management if any is needed.
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