If you are found to be a risky gene carrier, close biological relatives, such as parents, siblings and children may also have inherited risky genes. More distant relatives on that side of the family may also want to be made aware of your status.
Ask your genetic counsellor who you should notify so they can consider genetic testing.
Knowledge is power. If relatives learn they also carry risky genes, it gives them access to screening and possible cancer intervention options. It also provides their current or future biological children with the same opportunities.
For years this condition was framed in a way that created the widespread misperception that only females could be risky gene carriers and develop hereditary cancer. ANYONE, males included, can carry risky genes, develop hereditary cancer as a result, and pass down their risky genes to biological children, although it is more likely for those with a certain family cancer history or ethnic background.
The person you love has received life-changing information that will affect you because of how it affects them, and any children you already have or anticipate for the future. Their body and mental health may change, testing your relationship and adjusting plans. You also need to ensure you have a good support system and empower yourself with information that will help to cope.
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Risky genes is a genetic condition that can cause any of several types of cancer due to the presence of inherited mutations in any of many different genes. Our old name, The Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Society, was based on old science that no longer reflects the true scope of this condition.