Protect yourself against cancer – take a genetic predisposition test!

Protect yourself against cancer – take a genetic predisposition test!

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Over the next few years, cancer will become number one cause of death in our country. At present, nearly 157,000 Poles are diagnosed with malignant tumours every year and approximately 95,000 of them die. But contemporary medicine makes it possible to detect genes which may increase the risk of cancer development. Genetic predisposition tests are available, for instance, in the Medicover Medical Centre at Aleje Jerozolimskie 96.

Who should take a test for genetic susceptibility to cancer?

Genetic screening for the risk of cancer is particularly recommended to persons with a family history of colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer or melanoma.

The test covers more than 60 different genes. In the course of the patient’s DNA analysis, gene mutations are detected which increase the person’s risk of developing cancer.

The presence of a gene mutation does not mean that the patient will certainly have cancer, but as the probability of developing the disease is higher, appropriate steps should be taken to mitigate the risk. In the case of prostate cancer, the second most frequently diagnosed tumour in men, the risk of developing the disease in a person with genetic predispositions is nearly 40 percent higher, while in the case of breast cancer in women the risk grows by as much as 84 percent. That is why it is really worthwhile to take advantage of the advances in modern medicine and minimise the risk of developing the disease ahead of the time. 

Agnieszka Motyl, MD, Medical Quality Manager at Medicover

The patients who decide to test their genetic predispositions receive assessment of the risk of developing a particular type of cancer through analysis of the genes related to a potentially higher risk of a given disorder. Based on the results, an individual prevention plan is drawn up.

What does the genetic screening procedure in Medicover Centre look like?

To test for genetic predispositions for cancer, the patient needs to visit the centre twice. Prior to the first appointment, the patient completes a questionnaire received by email, providing information about the history of tumours in the family.

During the first visit to the centre, a blood sample is taken from the patient. The genetic test is carried out using a state-of-the-art DNA analysis method (so called New Generation Sequencing – NGS). On the basis of the test results and the information provided in the questionnaire, a specialist in genetic diagnostics issues an opinion with individual recommendations for a patient which is sent to the Medicover Centre. In order to make sure that the test has a desirable effect and increases the patient’s awareness , a second visit to the Centre is arranged, during which a specialist physician discusses the results with the patient and agrees on an individual prevention plan covering both mitigation of the disease risk and early detection.

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