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2018.07.02

Which Cancer is inheritable?

【Now新聞台】近親有多於一個人患癌,容易令人聯想到是否與遺傳基因有關。到底哪幾種的癌症特別容易「代代相傳」?哪些人應該接受檢查?今集《杏林在線》請來腫瘤科專科醫生講解。

Data Retreived from: Now News 2 July 2018,https://goo.gl/jwYf2T

 

How is family history related to cancer?

Cancer is a common disease. There are many factors that trigger cells in becoming cancerous: aging, poor life style, poor diet, or pollution can all lead to cancer. Normally, people are born with the ability to repair and control damages caused by these factors. These natural abilities are coded in some specific genes known as the damage-controlling genes. Hereditary cancers occur when we born with one or more of these genes mutated. In other words, these cancer-causing gene mutations can be inherited.

Family history is important in determining the chance of inheritance. Everyone inherits two copies of the same gene from our parents, one from father and the other from mother. Most of the time, both inherited copies are normal. If one of the parents has a mutation in these genes, then it means that there is a 1 in 2 chance (50%) of inheriting the same mutation. Although, of all cancer cases, only about 10% are hereditary, it is still important to find out your hereditary risk so that early prevention can be made.

Why do we need cancer risk assessment?

Cancer has always ranked the number one killer worldwide and everyone knows that. However, not everyone knows that cancer can be predicted and prevented. Identifying the inheritance of cancer genes opens up chances for early preventive measures.

How can Mygenia cancer panel test help you assess the cancer risk?

 

Mygenia cancer panel test covers 200 cancer related diseases:

  • Breast & Ovarian
  • Colorectal
  • Gastric
  • Kidney
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Paraganglimo
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Skin
  • Endocrine
  • Head & Neck

For more information, please visit: http://www.pangenia.com/en/test/detail/mygenia-cancer-health-risk-assessment-test