According to the CDC, breast cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in the United States, surpassed only by some types of skin cancer. Because of its prevalence and hereditary nature, regular checkups and preventative measures are essential to ensuring women either do not experience breast cancer or at the very least detect cancer early enough to undergo effective treatment. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month among us, it’s important that women take this opportunity to undergo screenings to ensure they are free of breast cancer or at risk.
One of the most beneficial detection measures women can undergo is Myriad MyRisk, which is our exclusive prevention program. This cutting-edge prevention and detection program gives women a personalized experience with a Certified Genetic Counselor. Here’s how it can help you.
Understanding genetic risks helps medical professionals and patients understand any risks associated with many health issues. This is especially true for the early detection of breast cancer.
Myriad shows any mutation carriers, with studies highlighting that it reveals between 40-50% more mutation detection than other leading processes. It works by:
Myriad genetic testing is a groundbreaking medical offering for women concerned about the hereditary risk of breast cancer; it reveals mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which are responsible for roughly seven percent of breast cancer cases. Carriers of these mutations have Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, which imparts an 87% risk of contracting breast cancer before age 70.
However, if you have previously been diagnosed with cancer, you are at a higher risk of cancer later in life. Myriad can help you identify both BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations that lead to breast cancer.
We want women to have the information and clarity they need to make confident decisions about their health and any treatment options that they made need. That’s why Comprehensive OB/GYN in McKinney, TX, is proud to offer a free, personalized educational encounter with one of our Certified Genetic Counselors.
This in-office visit is designed to deliver a quality, informational session for women who have a family history of cancer and need more information to determine if genetic testing is right for their needs and concerns. We believe that the more information women have about their family’s genetic history, the more confident they will be in making decisions about their health, risk reduction, and any additional steps needed.
Whether you’re aware of a family history of cancer or you’re curious as to whether or not you carry a genetic mutation that increases your risk of breast cancer, don’t hesitate to reach out to Comprehensive OB/GYN today.
Myriad testing at our McKinney office reveals the information you need to better understand any genetic predispositions that may heighten your chances of breast cancer. The more you know about your health, the more confident you can be in your decision making. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.