What we screen for
Genetic Hereditary Cancer Screening (CGx) and Pharmacongenomic (PGx) are the two types of services KHS provides to help determine if you have an increased risk of developing or passing down hereditary cancer and how the medication you take today, may be affecting your genetic makeup by negatively altering your DNA strands permanently.
Understand your Hereditary Cancer Risk
For many, Cancer seems to be a random and unavoidable nightmare. However, if one of your family members, however distant, had cancer, there is a chance that you inherited a gene mutation that not only increases your personal risk of cancer, but also could be passed to the next generation.
Inherited mutations are thought to play a role in 10-15 percent of all cancers diagnoses. Those who are carriers of hereditary cancer gene mutations, could be at risk of getting cancer earlier in life than the general population. The sooner genetic screening is done, the more likely it is that the risk can be managed appropriately. With a simple cheek swab our Hereditary Cancer Screening, medically known as Cancer Genomics (CGx), analyzes your genes to tell if you carry inherited mutations in genes that are associated with common hereditary cancers such as: Breast, Prostate, Colorectal, Melanoma, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Stomach, Uterine, Brain and Blood cancers.
Understanding if you have a genetic predisposition to Cancer allows you, and your healthcare provider to create a prevention plan that is tailored to you. With this information, they can help you take steps to potentially prevent Cancer, delay the onset of Cancer, or catch it at an earlier stage when outcomes and survival rates are better.
Bear in mind, a positive result or finding a mutation is not a Cancer diagnosis and does not mean you will ever develop Cancer. No genetic screening can predict with 100% certainty you will develop Cancer. However, a Hereditary Cancer Screening can provide you with valuable information as to whether you have an elevated risk. Learning if you have an increased risk for Cancer can make a difference. If you have any of the following you should consider Hereditary Cancer Screening:
- First-degree relatives with a history of cancer (mother, father, siblings and children)
- Relatives on one side of the family who have had the same type of cancer
- A family member with more than 1 type of cancer
Find out YOUR risk of developing cancer today. Contact us to see if you qualify for genetic pre-screening at no out-of-pocket cost.
Find out YOUR risk of
You could qualify for genetic pre-screening
at no out-of-pocket cost.
Every ‘body’ is Different
Nearly 60 to 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescribed drug. For many it amounts to a fistful or potpourri of pills per day. And about 2,460 people per week are estimated to die or be hospitalized from drugs that were prescribed properly by physicians and taken as directed.
As pillar of the personalized medicine movement, our Prescription Drug Screening, medically known as Pharmacogenomic (PGx), delivers a comprehensive report to your doctor which can help manage your medications based on your personal genetic makeup. It shows how your body is likely to metabolize many common medications which allows healthcare providers to act on the results to prescribe medications with less risk of side effects, including overdosing or ineffectiveness. It basically becomes a cheat sheet for your doctor and in turn, your doctor can make a personalized treatment plan to help keep you healthy.
The most prominent advantage of a Prescription Drug Screening is its ability to eliminate guesswork and trial and error in the administration of prescribed medication. Researchers estimate that commonly prescribed medications may not work in up to 60 percent of patients. Screening is important because it enables your physician or health care provider to better understand your genetic make-up prior to prescribing you medication or how your genetic make-up effects your currently prescribed medication. It works hand-in-hand with Genetic Cancer Screening to achieve a clear blueprint in choosing medications that are best suited for you, rather than experimenting with medications which could result in negative side effects or drug-on-drug interactions. Prescription Drug Screening tells you:
- Whether the medications you are taking are an effective treatment for you
- What the best dose of a medication is for you
- Whether you could have serious side effects from a medication
Your physician or health care provider will receive screening results in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand report that includes dosing guidelines, other pharmacogenomic consortia, and FDA-approved labeling. These results can be utilized as a reference for you throughout your lifetime.