Is cancer in your genes? New DNA screening test could save your life.

Swab test kit includes CGX panels which test for 134 gene markers, allowing partients to understand if they are predisposed to acquiring cancer.

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HEREDITARY CANCER TEST CAN HELP EARLY DETECTION OF 20 CANCER TYPES

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By Leslie Shumer

Health Advisor

October 2019

As humans,we each have 46 chromosomes,containing about 20,000 genes.These sequences of letters save as the body's instructions.Genectic tests allow us to look at each sequence to see if there are variants, known as mutations.When present, mutations increase an individual's risk for developing a disease,such as cancer.

There are actually three different types of genetic evalutions:prenatal evaluation,diagnostic evalution of a hereditary condition,and hereditary cancer syndrome evalution.

Let's focus on genetic testisg for hereditary cancer syndromes.Although this testing started only about 20 years ago with what's known as the "BRCA genes" for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer,more options became available to test for multiple genes in 2010.There have been between seven and 100 genes that have been associated with herditary cancer predisposition syndromes.

Because a certain precentages of canceer is considered genetic,certain patterns of cancer or family has any of these indicators,a genomic cancer testing may be right for you.

Don't wait, test yourself or a loved one for cancer at home with a simple cheek swab.

Catching the disease early really DOES make a difference. It's curable in early strages, so check and see if you qualify to get a test at little or no cost to you.

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For bile duct cancer

Helen Moremont, of the charity AMMF, says if you have symptoms of bile duct cancer that don’t improve, ask your GP to run a liver-function test.

For ovarian cancer

An early ovarian cancer-screening tool is in development. ‘In the meantime, if you have symptoms for longer than a 12-day period, ask your GP for a CA125 blood test,’ says Katherine Taylor of Ovarian Cancer Action. ‘It’s a bio-marker test that’s freely available.’

For cervical cancer

Since the early 1990s, cervical cancer incidence rates have decreased by almost a quarter (23 per cent) in the UK. Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every three years; 50 to 64-year-olds are invited every five years. If you experience bleeding between periods, after sex or following the menopause, or have pain during sex or in your pelvis, see your GP.

For bowel cancer

If bowel cancer is detected early, before symptoms appear, it is easier to treat. The NHS offers two types of bowel-cancer screening. Currently, everybody aged 60 to 74 is sent a home- test kit. There is also a one-off test called bowel scope screening (which takes place at NHS bowel-cancer screening centres), which is gradually being introduced in England for those 55 and over.

And finally...

Don’t forget the protective basics: ‘Four in 10 cases of cancer can be prevented. So if you’re a smoker, stop; keep a healthy weight; eat well and stay active,’ says Dr Jasmine Just of Cancer Research UK. ‘Help stack the odds in your favour.’

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Don't wait, test yourself or a loved one for cancer at home with a simple cheek swab.

Catching the disease early really DOES make a difference. It's curable in early strages, so check and see if you qualify to get a test at little or no cost to you.

NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug Administration. PRoduct featured is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should always check with your doctor to make sure you're following the right medical regimen for you.