DO YOU HAVE RISKY GENES?
People with risky genes have a higher-than-general-population risk of developing certain types of hereditary cancer
NOTE: This type of hereditary cancer has changed considerably since discovery, from one type of cancer caused by mutations in only one gene to several types of cancer caused by mutations in any of many different genes. We are in the process of changing our organization name and resources to reflect the fully inclusive RISKY GENES™ brand, so please be understanding in the meantime, when you are directed to the old HBOC (hereditary breast and ovarian cancer) website through some of the links found in this website.
ANYONE can carry one or more of the thousands of different inherited mutations that cause risky genes but it is more likely if there is a relevant family cancer history.
A simple genetic test will determine if you carry risky genes. This service is available through health systems but certain criteria apply, or there are no-barrier on-line services.
Medical recommendations provide for risky gene carriers to obtain early-age screening, to find cancer when most treatable and for many, access to prevention options.
For those unable to avoid a hereditary cancer diagnosis, the knowledge one is a risky gene carrier will inform treatment and may provide access to new, specialized hereditary cancer treatments. Learn more
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