5 Steps To Take If DNA Testing Is Positive For Cancer

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If you are thinking about getting DNA testing done for cancer, you will want to know what steps to take should the test result be positive. Taking these steps can help significantly reduce the chance of cancer or at least guarantee that you catch it early should it ever begin to develop. Here are those five steps you should be taking:

  1. Consider Hormonal Therapy Medicine: There are plenty of hormonal therapy medicines that are available to those at risk for cancer that help reduce the chances. You will need to talk to your doctor about which medicines are right for you based on your medical history and what type of cancer you are at risk for. Be sure that you talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of the specific medicine that you are taking to ensure that you are comfortable with taking this step. 
  2. More Frequent Exams: Of course, once you find out that you are at a higher risk for developing a certain type of cancer based on DNA testing, you will want to ensure that you have more frequent exams than are recommended for the average person. Talk to your doctor about how regularly you should be getting certain types of exams done. Typically, it will be recommended that you receive these exams every 6 months instead of once a year. 
  3. Surgical Removal of the Breasts: Another consideration to make if you are at risk of breast cancer is whether or not you want to take on the surgical removal of the breasts. You could also consider removal of the ovaries if you are at risk for ovarian cancer. 
  4. Contribute to Research: Of course, you don't have to contribute to research, but if you test positive for the possibility of cancer based on DNA testing, then you may consider contributing to research. This can be helpful for those who work in cancer research to determine what other kinds of steps should be taken to prevent cancer from developing in those who are more at risk. There are many online sites that you can check out and sign up for research studies on. The details of each study will vary, so be sure to thoroughly read these details to be sure that you are comfortable with the testing that you will be undertaking.
  5. Ask Other Family Members to Get Tested: If you test positive after receiving DNA testing, then you may bring up the concern to other family members to ensure that they can take the right steps to prevent cancer. 

By following these five steps, you can help to prevent a major tragedy in your family and ensure that you continue to stay healthy and happy for a long time to come.

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