Several types of cancer are known to have a strong genetic component. When these genes mutations or gene sequences are present, the individual has an increased risk of developing cancer. Research indicates that prostate cancer is known to be one of these gene-related diseases. Individuals who have a family history of prostate cancer can benefit from genetic testing, so they can work with their physicians closely to monitor their health for early signs of the disease.
Prostate Cancer Risks
Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland of the male reproductive system. Scientists are unsure of the exact causes of the development of prostate cancer, but age, family history, obesity, and race appear to predispose some men to develop the disease. Research has shown that men who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes that are associated with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Other genes and gene combinations may also put men at higher risk. These genetic factors can be detected through genetic testing. Knowing the risk and types of cancer that may occur can help individuals monitor their health more intensively and can help determine the best treatment to fight cancer when it does occur.
Telemedicine Brings Genetic Counseling to Everyone
New technologies now allow people from all over the country to receive comprehensive, professional information and advice that aids them in working with their physicians to ensure better health outcomes. In past years, individuals who have had medical concerns that involve genetic patterns have had to travel for many miles to large urban centers to receive genetic counseling that affected their health in profound ways. Telemedicine has opened the door to bringing this information to individuals wherever they may live. Having precise genetic advice and counseling available can be critical to making good decisions about your care, both in the present and in the future. At Advanced Tele-Genetic Counseling, we utilize this technology to provide highly trained genetic counselors to ensure you are able to make informed decisions. Your counselor will help explain the complex data provided by genetic testing in everyday language, so you have a full understanding of what it means to your health.
Contact us for Genetic Testing for Prostate Cancer
With a reputation for accuracy and client service, Advanced Tele-Genetic Counseling can advise you on the specific tests you will need based on your family history. Highly trained genetic counselors will then help individuals understand the complex information provided by the results of your genetic testing and will help you determine the best course of action if you are under treatment or for safeguarding your health in the future. Call us today at 888-252-2842 to learn more about how genetic testing can help you to take better care of your health if you are at risk for prostate cancer.