FAQs

What is Genetic Screening?

Genetic screening uses proven laboratory methods to examine your genes, which are the DNA instructions you inherit from your mother and your father. Genetic screenings may be used to identify increased risks of health problems, to assist the selection of treatments, and/or to assess responses to treatments.

Why Does It Matter?

Nearly 1,735,750 adults will be diagnosed with cancer this year and over 609,350 will die from cancer this year. Many are diagnosed too late, so why would you risk waiting, when you can find out now.

Who is at an increased risk for hereditary cancer?

If you or your family have a history of any of the following:

  • have multiple close family members with a cancer diagnosis
  • have three or more close family members with different types of cancer
  • family that has previously had cancer genetic testing and mutations were identified

Some people are genetically more likely to develop certain types of cancers, and cancer genomics help to uncover these risks. After receiving and processing a DNA sample, our partner laboratories compile the results into an in-depth yet easy to understand report detailing all the important information the screening provides. Using the most advanced sequencing technology our labs provide accurate results which physicians can then use to create a personalized therapy based on your genome.

I already know I have a family history of cancer. Why should I get tested?

Testing for a hereditary cancer risk helps you and your healthcare professional understand your risk so you can make the best choices for preventive care. Knowing your family history is an important first step, but testing can give you a more accurate picture of your risk.