Genetic Testing FAQs

Q. I already know I have a family history of cancer. Why should I get tested?

A. Testing for inherited risk of cancer helps you and your doctor understand your risk so you can make the best choices for preventive medical care. Knowing your family history is an important first step, but testing can give you a more accurate picture of your inherited risk.

Q. Do doctors recommend testing for everyone?

A. While testing is the most accurate way to determine your inherited risk of cancer, only people who have cancer in their family or personal history need to be tested. If cancer runs in your family, let your doctor know.

Q. How do I get tested?

A. Ask your doctor if testing is right for you. If so, your doctor will draw a small amount of your blood or take a mouth wash sample and send it to Myriad for analysis.

Q. How long does it take to get the test results?

A. Your doctor will let you know your test results as soon as they are available€”as early as two weeks from the date your test is started.

Q. Does a positive test result mean that I have cancer?

A. No. Genetic testing does not tell you if you currently have cancer. Your test results tell you about your inherited risk of developing cancer.

Q. Does a positive test result mean that I will develop cancer?

A. No. Genetic testing does not tell you whether you will develop cancer. A positive test result tells you that you have an increased risk of cancer.

To begin the process of seeing if genetic testing is right for you, check out Hereditary Cancer Quiz