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Genetic testing

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What is genetic testing?

It's a clinical review of your family medical history, followed by a simple blood test to identify harmful gene mutations. These mutations may lead to hereditary cancers like breast, ovarian or colorectal cancer (the most common hereditary cancers in Ireland). 
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Step 1: Talk to your GP

For an initial discussion about your family history.


Step 2: Referral

If your GP feels a test is merited, you will be referred to a Genetic Testing consultant.


Step 3: Consultation

A formal family medical history review, information on treatment options, as well as pre-test counselling.


Step 4: Blood Test

A blood sample will be taken and screened for gene mutations.


Step 5: Results

A negative genetic test result is reassuring, but does not completely exclude a hereditary cancer risk. Your consultant will explain your results, and discuss prevention and screening options, if necessary.


Step 6: Next Steps

Access to the agreed treatments.


Frequent questions

Should I get tested?

If you are 30-50 years old and a member of your family has already been treated for cancer, then you may be a candidate for Genetic Testing. 

You can choose not to proceed with the test if you wish. However, the benefit of knowing if you have the cancer gene, can empower you to take control of your future health. 

What happens after I am tested?

If a harmful gene mutation is identified, you will have the choice to undergo preventative surgery or intensive screening. 

Mutations are not found in all families in which there appears to be a hereditary predisposition to cancer. Individuals in such families may nonetheless be at increased risk and preventative or screening measures may be advised.

These have the potential to greatly reduce the risk of developing cancers in the future. You can decide, along with your consultant, what approach is right for you and when.

If you think Genetic Testing is for you, talk to your GP

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