A close evaluation of family history can also be done to assess the risk of cancer, without genetic testing. It’s significant to point out that the genetic tests do not always enhance the risk assessment, because it is an unidentified mutation. However, if a gene mutation is known in the family, it is highly recommended to consider doing the BRCA gene test, which can offer several benefits:
- A more objective and accurate assessment of the personal risk of cancer.
- Personalized adjustments to the follow-up plan and screening tests can be made.
- Informative, meaningful data is given to patients for choosing their options to actively reduce the risk of cancer. For example, risk-reducing surgeries may be considered.
- Other relatives can benefit from the information.