Over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. Of these diagnoses, approximately 5% of the cancer is contributed to genetic factors.
These hereditary cancers (which can include: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, lynch syndrome, and others), have in common Cancer Predisposition Genes (CPGs) which are mutations passed on to succeeding generations. Pure Diagnostic Hereditary Cancer Screen is able to detect the presence of these CPGs.
So what does a positive result mean? A positive result is not a diagnosis of cancer, nor does it mean that the patient will be diagnosed with cancer. A positive result simply means that a patient is genetically predisposed to a higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general population. Having this information in hand, a clinician can be more diligent in the use of screening and detection techniques, with the hope of an earlier detection if cancer were to appear, leading to a more favorable prognosis for the patient.