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BY Heather Alexander

Between 5% and 10% of cancers are hereditary. This means that the cancer is caused by a change in your genes called a genetic mutation.

Mutations are identified through genetic testing. If you are diagnosed with cancer and genetic testing shows that your cancer is caused by a mutation, it can affect your treatment options.

If you’re not a cancer patient, finding out you have a genetic mutation can help you take steps to...

Illustration shows clinician and DNA string

BY Lany Kimmons

Between 5% and 10% of all cancers are hereditary, which means that changes in specific genes are passed from one generation to another. People...

BY Mandi Pike

I always thought of lung cancer as a smoker’s disease, so I was pretty astonished when I received my own diagnosis in December 2019. I’d been...

BY Heather Alexander

At-home genetic tests can reveal a wide range of information that can impact your life in different ways. You might find out you’re sensitive to caffeine. Or you may be told you are at higher risk for cancer.

But just because these tests are convenient and can reveal interesting information, does that mean you should try them?

Before you spend money on a test for yourself or someone else, get all the important details from...

Illustration shows a person doing a mouth swab DNA test.

BY Sarah Hosea

Before my diagnosis in February 2019, no one in my family had ever had cancer. So we were all very surprised when I was diagnosed with triple-negative...

BY Emily Aldrich

When I learned six years ago that I carry a genetic mutation called CDH1, my initial response was anger. I had just gotten married, and my...

BY Nicole Love

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at MD Anderson in January 2019, my biggest concern wasn’t actually my breasts. It was my heart. Because...

BY Emily Aldrich

In 2014, I learned that I carry a genetic mutation called CDH1, which markedly increases my risk of developing breast and stomach cancers....

BY Eva Suarez

Discovering I had bone cancer when I was only 12 forced me to mature very quickly. Doctors found a growth about the size of an orange in my...

BY Ronda Wendler

Julia Pitts knew something was wrong when, at age 62, she started bleeding and cramping.

“I thought when my menopause ended years earlier...