Although Cancer is not usually an inherited disease, but breast, ovarian, colorectal and prostate cancer can be strongly influenced by one’s genetics and can run in families. We carry certain genes that are protective against cancer. Inheriting faulty variants of such genes raises the risks of developing cancer. BRCA1 & BRCA2 are two examples of genes that raise the risk of cancer when they are altered - they especially increase a woman's chance of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Carrying a high-risk cancer gene can result in it being passed on to the offsprings.
Choosing a predictive genetic testing can help in knowing your risks. DNAwise genetic test includes various parameters including the risks for Breast Cancer. It's called a predictive test because a high risk result means you have an increased risk of developing cancer. It doesn’t mean you are definitely going to develop it. You should opt for DNAwise DNA analysis if there is a strong family history of cancer in your family. DNAwise genetic test includes genetic counselling after the report comes - in the counselling you’ll be recommended various preventive measures and lifestyle modifications.
In case your result shows high risk for Breast Cancer, you can take preventive steps to manage your risk of developing cancer. You can make specific lifestyle modifications to lower your risk, go for regular screening/preventive health checkups and take preventative treatments. Knowing your risk score can help in reducing stress and anxiety that comes from a sudden revelation.
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