couple-with-sono-cleanedgeGenetic mutations play a role in all cancers. Inherited mutations play a major role in 5 to 10 percent of cancers. Genetic testing can help you know if you carry one of these inherited mutations.


  • Certain types of cancer may appear to run in your family. Genetic testing can determine if you have an inherited mutation that increases your risk of cancer.
  • You should consider genetic testing for cancer risk if:
    – you have a personal or family history that suggests inherited cancer risk
    – there is a known mutation for the cancer type
    – the results can guide your future medical care