Genetics

Genetics

Cancer

All cancer is caused by mutations, or changes, in our genes that happen over time, usually at random. In some families, mutations in genes that increase the chance of getting cancer can be passed down from one generation to the next.

Could the risk for cancer run in your family? Learn to spot the signs of hereditary cancer risk and how you can help protect your health and that of your relatives by watching these videos. En Español aquí.

Cancer susceptibility genes do not cause cancer, but may increase the chance of developing the disease.
Genetic counselors can help determine if testing for cancer susceptibility is right for you.
Genetic testing can help determine if you have a cancer susceptibility gene.
Your family medical history can help determine if you or your child might inherit certain diseases.