Genetic Cancer tests
We all have approximately 25,000 genes in every cell of our body and at least 100 of these genes work to try to prevent us from developing cancer. If we inherit a fault (known as a mutation) in one of these genes it can significantly raise our risk of developing specific types of cancer. Different gene mutations raise the risk of different types of cancer.
Where possible it is always most informative to offer genetic testing to someone who has had cancer first. This is so that if there is a genetic mutation in the family it can be identified and we then know what to look for in healthy relatives.
Before testing takes place all experts agree that that counselling should be arranged. At Pall Mall Medical, we work with the leading provider GeneHealth UK who only use registered and registration-eligible counsellors.
Their job is to explain the facts as clearly as possible and to give accurate information to help you understand your options and make up your own mind whether to go ahead with a genetic test.
Our counsellors are also able to recommend appropriate cancer screening and possibly risk-reducing strategies. It is an integral part of the genetic testing process and explains the chance that you will have a mutation as well as the implications of these mutations.
Pre-test counselling takes one hour and offers you information about your personal cancer risk, the risk of an inherited mutation in your family, and the purpose of the test. It is also possible to have genetic counselling to determine your cancer risk without wanting to have genetic testing.
Post-test counselling explains the test results, as well as your risk of cancer and the appropriate cancer screening or risk-reducing options. If a mutation has been identified, testing for your relatives will also be discussed.
We offer a range of private tests for cancer. Cancer is not usually inherited, however, in some families, there may be an increased risk of cancer and a genetic fault (mutation) may be the cause of cancer.
Genetic Cancer Risk Test Package
It is a common fact that 1 in every 2 people carry a lifetime risk of developing cancer. Some cancers are known to occur more frequently in families, passing down the generations. This testing package analyses 30 genes associated with the most common hereditary cancers.
It’s because certain gene mutations can be inherited, with perhaps the most commonly talked about are the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, where genetic mutations can indicate increased risk of developing breast, melanoma, pancreatic, prostate and ovarian cancers. This 30-gene cancer panel examines these genes and an additional 28 genes which can also indicate risk in the areas of uterine, colorectal (bowel) and stomach cancer.
- Do I need a doctor to authorise this test?
- This is a private screening and you can book in without any need for a referral letter with Pall Mall Medical. Our service includes counselling with a Private GP to confirm if the test will be helpful to you and to help you understand the results once available.
- How soon do I get my results?
- Results for this genetic cancer screening are usually returned within 3-4 weeks of receipt of your samples by the laboratory who perform the tests.
- How accurate is the test?
- The laboratory has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and has Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification. The Color Genetic Test Package showed >99% accuracy in multiple validation studies.
- Its about knowing
- Knowing you have a genetic mutation enables you to make sure you have regular check-ups and screenings to have the best opportunity for early detection and access to treatments before its too late.
- What do I have to do?
This package involves only a simple ‘spit test’ that you can provide during your appointment. We don’t need a blood sample, just your saliva.
- Getting the Results
As with your pre-test counselling, a Private GP from Pall Mall Medical will contact you to discuss your results and their implications for you. This is a fully confidential test and your results will be discreet, and NOT shared to anybody. This will NOT appear on your NHS records.
- Discover if cancer is in your genes
- Various cancer screenings available
- Comfortable surroundings
- No referral needed
- At your convenience
- Available at multiple locations
We offer a range of private tests for cancer, these include:
|Genetics Consultation||Available upon request|
|Breast Cancer BRCA1 & BRCA2 Test||£1985|
|Prostate Health Screen
(with Consultant Urologist)
|Prostate PSA Test||£86|