What is CGX
CGX is a preventative gene testing that looks for specific inherited changes (mutations) in a persons' genetic make-up. Mutations that are harmful may increase a persons' chance, or risk, of developing a disease such as cancer. These particular conditions are considered hereditary. Appropriate genetic testing may be used to determine an individuals risk and potential treatment options as indicated.
Some people inherit mutation(s) in the germline, allowing for the mutations to be passed on from parents to their children.
There are two classes of cellular genes: oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Often, multiple genetic mutations in a single individual are responsible for the development of hereditary Cancers.
How to know if you qualify
-Several first-degree relatives (mother, father, sisters, brothers, children) with Cancer
- Many Relatives on one side of the family who have had the same type of cancer
-A family member with more than one type of cancer
- Family members who had cancer at a younger age than normal for that type of cancer.
- Ethnicity (for example, Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry is linked to ovarian and breast cancers.)
- A cluster of cancers in your family that are known to be linked to a single gene mutation (Such as breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers in your family.)