Your health comes first, which is why Sanitas has d the new Family Cancer Unit.
The Sanitas Family Cancer Unit is a multidisciplinary unit aimed at offering advice to people who are at risk of developing cancer, as well as their families. This s informing people about their likelihood of developing a tumour, and the chances of their descendants inheriting a susceptibility to the disease. The Unit offers molecular diagnostic testing through the Genetics Unit, as well as advice from cancer experts on prevention measures and early diagnosis.
Only 5-10% of tumours are hereditary. The genetic alterations that lead to certain cancers can be passed down from parent to child, and people carrying these mutations are far more likely to develop a tumour. This necessitates a detailed genetic assessment of the family so that the person in question can be informed not only about their likelihood of developing a tumour and passing on a predisposition to their children, but also about prognosis, early detection strategies, and effective treatments.
Although today's biggest risk factors for cancer are diet and smoking, current knowledge on hereditary cancer should not be ignored in the fight to reduce the incidence and seriousness of the disease.
Nowadays, most people have experienced an incidence of cancer in their family. In large families, it is not uncommon to find several people with some type of tumour. A family history of cancer can increase the risk of developing a tumour.
Only 5-10% of all cancers are related to a hereditary genetic mutation. In such cases, the mutation can pass from parents to children. Children in such families will have a 50% chance of inheriting the genetic mutation. Inheriting a genetic mutation does NOT mean that the person is born with cancer, but that they have a greater risk of developing cancer at some point in their lives.
There are a number of general signs that are suggestive of familial cancer. If any of the following sound like your family, you should consult your doctor. Your doctor will then make a more detailed analysis to see if you are at low, medium, or high risk of developing a certain type of cancer (which has occurred in your family).
The aim of genetic counselling clinics is to help people learn more about hereditary cancer and understand their own risks of developing a tumour.
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