- Several family members affected by cancer.
- If family members develop cancer at an early age (under 50)
- If family members have several tumors or tumors at several locations (for instance cancer on both ovaries or breast cancer together with ovarian cancer).
In a situation that the above happens in your family, it is recommended to consult with your treating physician and be referred to a genetic consultant in order to receive a detailed explanation. During this meeting, the consultant will investigate the family background, explain the pros and cons of genetic testing, will evaluate the risk of getting cancer and describe the necessary follow up and prevention process. A genetic test is a blood test in which the DNA is extracted at the laboratory. It is not always mandatory to go through genetic testing. The decision whether to do it and be aware is ultimately yours. However, note that early detection can save lives!