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Cancer Genetic Testing

Shamsah Amersi, MD

OB-GYN & Breast Cancer Assessment located in Santa Monica, CA

Cancer genetic testing determines if you have the genes that can increase your risk of some types of cancer. Shamsah Amersi, MD, understands that you want to know the truth about your cancer risk so that you can take action early if needed. Dr. Amersi is one of the foremost OB/GYNs in the United States today and is known for always being at the forefront of medical innovation. She offers the latest noninvasive cancer genetic testing technology in her Santa Monica, California, office. Call the office today or click the online booking tool to make an appointment.

What is cancer genetic testing?

Cancer genetic testing is a method of evaluating your DNA using a saliva sample. This test screens for genetic variants (cell mutations) associated with an elevated risk of some types of cancer.

Cancer genetic testing is available for many forms of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancers. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) lists many other cancer risk assessment possibilities through genetic testing, including thyroid, kidney, colon, pancreatic, and other cancers.

Dr. Amersi offers multi-panel tests that assess the risk of many types of genetic cancer at one time. For example, your multi-panel test can cover breast, gynecologic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, nervous system, and skin cancers.

Who needs cancer genetic testing?

About 25% of women are good candidates for genetic cancer screening. Cancer genetic testing is a highly personal decision. Dr. Amersi recommends a detailed assessment, for example, a breast cancer assessment, to determine if this testing is right for you.

Dr. Shamsah considers many factors in your assessment. The factors usually include:

  • Your age
  • History of cancer in your family
  • Your ethnicity
  • Age when you started menstruation
  • Age when you had your first baby (if you’ve given birth)
  • Mammogram history and results
  • The number and results of breast biopsies in the past (if any)

Dr. Amersi discusses your results with you and explains her recommendations regarding cancer genetic testing. Your personal wishes and feelings about testing are important. Dr. Amersi listens to you and respects your input.

What information can I get from cancer genetic testing?

Cancer genetic testing provides valuable information in several ways, including:

  • Predicting your personal risk of breast cancer or other cancers
  • Learning whether you could pass specific genetic variants to your children
  • Helping determine if you need to take preventive or treatment steps now

Ultimately, genetic testing helps you make more informed decisions about your health. It gives you the information you need earlier than you would otherwise get it, which could save your life.

If you’re wondering about cancer genetic testing and whether it’s right for you, Dr. Amersi is here to guide you through the decision-making process. Phone the office or use the online scheduling link to arrange your appointment.

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