Occasionally, tumour or cancer testing may reveal results that can help guide if Lynch syndrome testing is needed for you. These tumour tests include:
You may be recommended to undergo additional tests to determine if genetic testing is needed for you.
Your personal and/or family history of cancer can also help guide if genetic testing for Lynch syndrome is needed. If you or your family members meet one or more of the following criteria, you can consider genetic testing:
*Lynch syndrome-related cancers:
Note: This list may change as more information is available
Personalised managementYour genetic test result may help to personalise your management options based on your cancer risk.
If you have a cancer diagnosis
If you are currently cancer-free
Familial implicationsYour genetic test result can also help you understand if other family members are at risk of Lynch syndrome. They can subsequently consider their own testing (predictive testing) to clarify their carrier status to determine tumour and cancer risks.Family members who have inherited the same faulty MMR gene may be at increased risk of tumours and cancer and can benefit from management options such as screening (to detect tumours and cancer at an early and manageable stage) or surgery (to reduce their risk of cancer).Family members who did not inherit the faulty MMR gene can avoid unnecessary screening and worry. Their children will also not be at risk.
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