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How do genetics affect my risk of developing cancer?

Research has shown that certain types of cancer may be more common to some families than other types. These cancer types include melanoma, breast, ovarian, prostate and colon. If a certain pattern of cancer appears to exist in your family, genetic testing might be suggested by your doctor. These tests check for gene changes, but finding a change does not mean that have, or will develop, cancer. However, it may mean that there is a higher than average possibility of developing these or other types of cancer.

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