Genetic testing for cancer looks for specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s genes that are associated with a high-to-moderate increased risk of cancer. And while there are certainly benefits to being tested for these mutations, it is important to understand that there are also limitations. For example, a positive result from cancer genetic testing doesn’t necessarily mean that you will develop cancer but can weigh heavily on the minds of you or your loved ones. On the other hand, a negative result doesn’t guarantee that you won’t develop cancer.
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, we feel that in order to make the best decision you must first weigh the pros and cons. In this section, we want to help you understand both the advantages and disadvantages of genetic testing for cancer.
If genetic testing is something that interests you and you would like to learn more about it, please visit our Genetic Testing FAQs page or contact the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Genetic Counseling Team by calling 303-930-7872.