2 Your Health: Is Genetic Testing for Cancer Prevention Right for Me?

Genetic testing is becoming an increasingly important tool in medicine. It aims to identify inherited gene mutations known to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer.

Potential benefits

With genetic testing, you and your primary care physician can:

• Understand your risk for certain cancers.

• Develop prevention strategies.

• Create a more personalized treatment plan.

• Help other family members understand if they may be at risk.

Who should be tested?

Consider genetic testing if your personal or family medical history shows:

* Cancer present in multiple generations.

* Multiple cancers in one family member.

* Cancer at an earlier age (usually under 50).

* Known gene mutation in the family.

Other considerations

Breast, colorectal, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers often run in the family, but most cancers are related to lifestyle choices like smoking, lack of exercise, and bad eating habits. Prevention also involves getting regular screening exams based on your age, gender, and other risk factors.

Next steps

If you feel that you and your family would benefit from genetic risk evaluation and testing, schedule an appointment with one of Arizona Oncology’s American Board of Genetics certified counselors.

About Arizona Oncology

Arizona Oncology is one of the largest medical groups in Arizona dedicated solely to redefining cancer care. Our highly-trained cancer experts treat patients in many communities throughout the state, from Quail Creek to Tucson, Phoenix, and Northern Arizona.

Our oncologists provide evidence-based, comprehensive cancer care using state-of-the-art technology, personalized treatments, and extensive research to attack cancer.

At Arizona Oncology, we believe that working together, close to home, is a better way to treat cancer.

For more information about genetic testing and cancer care, visit ArizonaOncology.com or call 855-784-HOPE.