Hereditary Factors

To see if a person has a specific cancer syndrome, a predictive genetic test is carried out. This is usually done by taking a sample of blood or tissue. These tests do not tell the doctors whether or not someone has cancer but if they carry the gene alteration which can make them more susceptible to specific cancers because of their genetic makeup.

If you are diagnosed with a cancer syndrome, depending on what type will depend on what screening procedures will be recommended to you. Some of these could include:

  • Skin examination by a dermatologist
  • Colonoscopy
  • Physical examination
  • PET scan
  • Pap Test
  • Annual evaluations of the eyes, kidneys, brain and spinal cord
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