Family history and Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer 

 
 
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and while most people with the disease do not have a family history of it, genetics can put you at much higher risk. If you have any concerns regarding your family’s medical history, here at Suffolk Breast Practice we offer the leading genetic testing for breast cancer in Ipswich. There are a number of different risk levels and we’re here to help you determine whether you are in the general, moderate, or high-risk category of developing breast cancer. 
Typically, you could be referred to Suffolk Breast Practice for a risk assessment regarding your family history of breast cancer in Ipswich for several reasons. Should you have a close relative under the age of 40 with breast cancer, a family member develop bilateral breast cancer, multiple relatives develop breast cancer, or a close male relative gets breast cancer, it is a good idea to undergo this assessment. The appointment will consist of a series of questions from your surgeon revolving around any form of cancer had by any blood relative of yours. 
 
The lowest risk level is general population risk which is equal to 11%. This means that just over 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, with most of these women being over 50. The next category is moderate risk where women will have a 17 to 30% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. The final category applies to women with a lifetime risk of greater than 30% and is known as high risk. While these levels help to give an idea, there is still a huge uncertainty as to which women will develop breast cancer throughout their lifetime. 
 
Here at Suffolk Breast Practice, we offer Family History counselling that can help you understand the factors that increase your risk of breast cancer. It is possible to inherit genes that can greatly increase the risk of breast cancer and at our clinic you may be referred to undergo certain tests to discover whether you have inherited any of these variant genes. 
 
Risk-reducing surgery is also available, particularly for women at high risk, but this depends entirely upon the patient’s physical condition and individual needs. Risk-reducing surgery involves the removal of healthy breast tissue to significantly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Some women opt for breast reconstruction surgery alongside this mastectomy operation. 
 
At Suffolk Breast Practice, we promise to provide you with the highest quality of care, from initial consultation to any follow-up service. We understand that breast cancer is an emotional subject, which is why we offer empathetic and impartial advice that is sensitive to your needs as a patient. If you are curious about your risk level and are looking for genetic testing for breast cancer in Ipswich, please get in touch to book a consultation here at Suffolk Breast Practice today. 
 
 
 
Genetics and Risk-reduction 
 
Genetic counselling can help you understand the factors that can increase your risk of breast cancer. It is possible to inherit genes that can greatly increase the risk of breast cancer, such as a variant BRCA gene (pronounced as bracca). Therefore, you may undergo a BRCA test to discover whether you have inherited one of these variant genes. It must be stressed, however, that the result of such a test does not guarantee the inevitability of breast cancer; it merely provides an indicator of susceptibility. 
Risk-reducing surgery is also available, particularly for women at high risk, although this will depend upon the patient’s physical condition and individual needs. Risk-reducing surgery (also known as a risk-reducing mastectomy) removes healthy breast tissue to significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer development. Some women opt for breast reconstruction surgery alongside the operation. For more information on the importance of breast cancer awareness and how it can save lives, please visit our blog. 
At Suffolk Breast Practice, we endeavour to provide you with the highest quality of care and advice, from initial consultation to any follow-up service, which is paramount. We understand that breast cancer is an emotional subject, which is why we offer a non-judgemental and impartial service that is sensitive to your needs as a patient. Please feel free to book a consultation with us by contacting us here. 
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