It is now possible to check for genetic changes that can affect your risk of acquiring certain cancers. These tests are mostly advised for people with a family history of cancer, but can also be used to help choose best treatment and dosage for hormone replacement therapy, making it safer.
In cases where breast cancer has already been diagnosed, testing can help establish future response and safety to Tamoxifen treatment or 5-Fluorouracil (chemotherapy).
Screening is simplified for colorectal cancer through a blood test rather than a stool sample, and in cases where there is a family history of colorectal cancer or intestinal polyps, your personal predisposition to colorectal cancer can be tested.
If increased risk for prostate cancer is detected, specific nutrigenenetic and other lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
For further advice and to arrange an appointment please call the Medical Clinic on 01243 771455.