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Genetic Testing

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According to the National Cancer Institute, genetic testing is used to identify “specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes, genes, or proteins.  Genetic mutations can have harmful, beneficial, neutral (no effect) or uncertain effects on health.  Mutations that are harmful may increase a person’s chance or risk of developing a disease such as cancer.”

Requirements for Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is available at Strecker Cancer Center and should be considered if you have two to three generation involvement or diagnosis at a young age for certain types of cancer, for example:

  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Melanoma
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