Cancer is a highly common disease—and so it’s no surprise that many families have at least a few members who have had cancer. Certain types of cancers often run in some families. Pay very close attention to any early occurrences of cancer (<50 yo) among any family members, male or female. Another sign is multiple cases of cancer in personal and/or family history. Hereditary cancer risk requires immediate attention. Until cancer family history is collected, shared and utilized, every medical decision may have an information gap and optimal patient care may be at risk.
Is your current cancer screening personalized to your medical and family history? If there are early, multiple or rare breast cancers in the family, you may be at an increased cancer risk and may warrant an annual mammogram and MRI and hereditary cancer testing. If there are early, multiple or rare colon cancers in the family, you may be at an elevated cancer risk and may warrant hereditary cancer testing and colonoscopies before the age of 50 at a frequency of more than once every ten years.
Awareness really is the key. Many patients have little to no awareness of hereditary cancers, which denies the patient from having the ability to take control of their health. Utilizing complete cancer family history for all medical decisions leads to optimized patient care.
To learn more about the importance of staying proactive when it comes to the fight against hereditary cancers, check out the infographic below.
More Social articles from Business 2 Community: