Sometimes a family will appear to have a hereditary cancer when what they really share is a common living or working environment that exposes them to things that can cause mutations. This is why a family history is an important part of your personal risk assessment.
Most cancers occur by chance. However, in some families, cancer occurs more often than can be expected to happen by chance.
Determining which of these families has cancer related to an inherited gene mutation is important, as the cancer risks for family members will be much higher than in the general population. These subgroups, or populations, may be organized in several ways:
- Following along family lines
- Multiple occurrences of the same type of cancer in your family
- Development of multiple cancers in an individual
- Previously identified mutations of certain cancer genes
Hereditary Cancer Quiz
This brief and easy-to-use quiz hereditary cancer quiz can help you determine whether you may be a candidate to get tested for several of the most common hereditary cancer syndromes.
When taking the quiz, don’t forget to include BOTH your mother’s and father’s side of the family when answering questions. You will be assessed for your hereditary cancer risk of the following cancers:
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Endometrial Cancer
You can print the results and bring them with you to your consultation with your healthcare professional.Take the Quiz
Our brief and easy-to-use hereditary cancer quiz can help you determine whether you may be a candidate to get tested for several of the most common hereditary cancer syndromes.Get Started
You and your healthcare provider can determine your cancer risk and course of management by understanding your family history and pursuing hereditary cancer testing when appropriate.Get Patient Guide
FAMILY HISTORY TOOL
The Family History Tool starts your pedigree chart with you adding information about yourself, then you’ll be asked for information about family members to complete your health history profile.Get Started
Take this hereditary cancer survivor snapshot to learn if your cancer diagnosis might have been related to an inherited gene mutation. On average, the quiz takes less than 1 minute to complete.Get Started