Hereditary Cancer Risk
Mutations in genes passed from parent to child can drastically increase the risk of disease, including many types of cancer.
The ongoing discovery of genes involved in cancer allows us to test for cancer-causing mutations in those genes. If you have a mutation that puts you at increased risk of cancer, you and your healthcare professional can take action to reduce your risk of developing the disease. There are effective options to help lower your risk of cancer such as earlier and more intensive screening, preventive medications and risk-reducing surgeries. Once the potential risk of cancer is identified, you and your healthcare professional can choose the best way to possibly delay, or even possibly prevent, the development of certain cancers.*
Hereditary Cancer Testing with Myriad Genetics
Having the information you need about your cancer risk can help improve health and quality of life while reducing healthcare costs. Myriad’s hereditary cancer testing products have been used to help millions of people make more informed healthcare choices. We offer testing for several inherited cancers including breast, ovarian, colon, skin (melanoma), uterine (endometrial), pancreatic, gastric and prostate cancer.
The Myriad MyRisk™ Hereditary Cancer test provides vital information to help people with a strong personal or family history of cancer understand their own risk of developing the disease. With this information, they can take steps to potentially prevent cancer, delay the onset of the disease or catch it at an earlier stage when outcomes and survival rates are better.
Does Cancer Run In Your Family?
Cancer may be inherited if:
A combination of cancers on the same side of the family
|•2 or more: breast / ovarian / prostate / pancreatic cancer •2 or more: colorectal / endometrial / ovarian / gastric / pancreatic / other cancers (i.e., ureter/renal pelvis, biliary tract, small bowel, brain, sebaceous adenomas) •2 or more: melanoma / pancreatic cancer|
Any one of the following cancers at age 50 or younger
|• Breast cancer • Colorectal cancer • Endometrial cancer|
Any one of these rare presentations at any age
|• Ovarian cancer • Breast: male breast cancer or triple negative breast cancer • Colorectal cancer with abnormal MSI/IHC, MSI associated histology†† • Endometrial cancer with abnormal MSI/IHC • 10 or more gastrointestinal polyps*|
|Certain ancestries may have greater risk for hereditary cancer syndromes (e.g., Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)|
Cancers can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family.
To help assess whether you might be at risk of hereditary cancer and could benefit from genetic testing, take the Hereditary Cancer Quiz. This simple, 30-second quiz can help you get the information you need to discuss your cancer risk with your healthcare professional and ask for further evaluation. If you take the quiz and find red flags in your personal or family’s health history, you may benefit from hereditary cancer testing.
For more information about Myriad’s genetic cancer testing and the hereditary cancer testing process, please visit mySupport360™.
Myriad MyRisk™ Hereditary Cancer
The Myriad MyRisk™ Hereditary Cancer test can help you and your physician determine your cancer risk for eight hereditary cancers:
*Any discussion of medical management options is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation. While genetic testing and medical society guidelines provide important and useful information, all medical management decisions should be made based on consultation between each patient and his or her healthcare professional.