Personal risk assessment for inherited cancers
Does cancer run in families?
A small fraction of people diagnosed with cancer have a family history of cancer. This means that there are multiple people in their family affected with cancer, and this may be because they have inherited a small mistake in a copy of a gene that increases their risk.
The actress Angelina Jolie recently underwent preventative breast and ovarian surgery because her mother died of breast cancer and she had inherited a change in the BRCA1 gene.
Did you know?
- Women with a first-degree relative (father, brother, son) who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer have a 14% higher than average risk of developing breast cancer.
- Women with a family history of both breast and prostate cancer in their first-degree relatives (father, mother, sister, brother, son, or daughter) have a 78% higher than average risk of developing breast cancer. This risk is a further 66% higher in black women.
What is CancerPDX and who is it for?
The CancerPDX risk calculator can be used to assess your inherited cancer risk in 90 seconds via a series of questions, if:
- You do not have a diagnosis of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, but have relatives that do, and are concerned about your personal risk of developing these cancers
- You have a diagnosis of breast and/or ovarian cancer and are concerned about your genetic risk factors