Genetic Testing is a type of medical testing that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.
Do you have a family history of Ovarian, Breast, Colon, or Endometrial cancer? Learn about Genetic testing today. Download this informational brochure created by T.E.A.L.® in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center.
Want to learn more about your cancer risk? Take this hereditary cancer quiz
to help you determine whether you should be further evaluated for
either Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome or Lynch syndrome.
Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is the
first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention
of BRCA-related cancers. Devoted to advancing care for people affected
by BRCA gene mutations, the Basser Center’s unique model provides
funding for collaborative research, education, and outreach programs
around the world.
What is Genetic Counseling?
Genetic Counseling can help determine if a person or family has an increased risk for developing certain cancers, like ovarian cancer. Most cancers happen by chance, but some are caused by an inherited genetic factor, a gene, that is passed down within a family.
For example:the inherited genetic mutations in BRCA1/BRCA2 and Lynch Syndrome genes can lead to a significantly increased risk for ovarian cancer.