Is there a history of cancer in your family?

Although most cancers are sporadic in origin, approximately 5 to 10% of cancers are considered hereditary.

At Dexeus Mujer, we have a Cancer Risk Unit with the professionals and means to assess the risk of you suffering from this type of cancer and to make the right decisions.

What is cancer risk prevention

At Dexeus Mujer, we offer the possibility of a visit to find out your family history, study the data and, if necessary, perform a genetic test with a blood sample.

The visit

Cancer risk - Your family tree

First of all, we will conduct a thorough interview reconstructing your family tree. To do this, you will need to visit our Cancer Risk Unit and provide as much information as possible on the cases of cancer in your family:

  • Type of cancer you and/or family members have had (preferably with all the medical information that you can provide).
  • Age of onset of each cancer.
  • In the event of the death of a family member, cause and age of death.
Cancer risk - Blood chemistry tests

All these data will be studied by specialists and, if necessary, you will be offered blood chemistry tests to detect your risk. In this case, a small amount of blood will be sent to the reference laboratory, which will carry out the necessary tests.

Cancer risk - The results

You will then be informed personally of the results of the genetic tests and your risk of suffering a specific type of cancer.

 

Cancer risk - Family tree

Preventive strategy

If the studies indicate that you have a high cancer risk, a tailored preventive strategy will be drawn up for you by a multi-disciplinary committee of gynaecologists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, radiologists and psychologists. This preventive strategy could be based on three groups of action:

Cancer risk - Early diagnosis

Early diagnosis

Means monitoring any possible sign of cancer. This includes the performance of gynaecological check-ups supplemented by a series of specific diagnostic procedures for cancer prevention, such as mammogram for control of the breasts and gynaecological ultrasound to examine the ovaries.

Cancer risk - Medical treatment

Medical treatment

Based on the administration of medicines to reduce the risk and therefore prevent the onset of cancer.

Cancer risk - Surgery

Surgery

Preventive surgery significantly reduces the risk of developing cancer, but does not exclude it 100%.


Genetic study

What are the advantages of undergoing a genetic study?

  • Helps prevent, detect or treat cancer more effectively
  • Eliminates the uncertainty surrounding cancer risk
  • It may be useful for other members of your family at risk
  • It lets each family member make the right decisions based on the result
  • Only a blood sample is required
  • Guarantees the total confidentiality of the results

Who could it interest

Cancer is a disease that is often not hereditary and the fact that there is a history of cancer in a family does not necessarily mean that its cause is hereditary.

However, we recommend a cancer risk prevention visit if one or more of the following applies to you:

CANCER RISK TEST

  1. You have three or more first-degree relatives (parents, children and siblings) or second-degree relatives (grandparents and uncles) diagnosed with cancer in the same organ.
  2. You have two or more first- or second-degree relatives diagnosed with cancer at a younger age than usual. For example, breast cancer before age 40, colon cancer before age 50 or prostate cancer before age 60.
  3. The cancer has bilaterally affected two of your relative's organs. For example, both breasts or both kidneys.
  4. You have a known family history of a related syndrome with a hereditary predisposition to cancer.
  5. You have a relative diagnosed with cancer in two different organs.

Why choose us

  • More than 40 years of experience and more than 30,000 patients treated confirm our status as a centre of expertise in the fight against women's cancer.
  • Since the initial establishment of our Gynaecological Oncology and Mastology Committee composed of specialists in gynaecology, oncology, radiology, pathology, radiotherapy and cosmetic surgery in 1974, we have worked tirelessly to assess each case individually and create personalised, tailored treatment plans.
  • We have a dedicated cancer care service.
  • Our committee studies more than 1,200 cases a year which are treated in one of the largest private women's health clinics in Europe.
  • We have the best medical equipment with state-of-the-art ultrasound machines and very low radiation mammography equipment which allows us to offer our patients reliable diagnoses from a very young age and without radiation risks.


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