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BowelGene - Genetic testing for bowel cancer

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BowelGene looks at 11 genes which cause an increased risk of bowel cancer.
The following genes are tested.

BowelGene is a genetic test for individuals with bowel cancer which examines the DNA code for 11 genes known to cause an increased risk of bowel cancer. It is performed on a blood sample and results take 3-4 weeks.

What is hereditary bowel cancer?

Most bowel cancer occurs by chance, however 2-5% of bowel cancer is inherited and up to 30% is familial. In families where bowel cancer is hereditary it may be possible to find the genetic change (mutation) which is responsible for the cancers. This allows appropriate cancer screening and risk-reducing options to be offered to the family.

How do I know if I am at risk?

Individuals  with hereditary bowel cancer generally show one or more of the following:

  • Bowel cancer diagnosed at a young age (before the age of 50)
  • Bowel cancer that has screened positive for Lynch syndrome (abnormal IHC/MSI)
  • Several relatives with bowel cancer
  • Relatives with bowel cancer and related cancers (such as womb or ovarian cancer)
  • Multiple bowel polyps* in an individual
  • Multiple generations with cancer

* Cancer usually starts as a benign growth known as a polyp. Not all polyps will become cancerous and they can often be removed during screening.

How can genetic testing help?

Genetic testing can help determine the risk of cancer within a family and guide appropriate cancer treatment and screening. Clincial management, in terms of surgery and chemotherapy may be altered based on the results of genetic testing. Depending on the specific genetic risk different screening tests can be arranged and risk-reducing strategies considered. Colonoscopies in particular have been shown to lower the risk of bowel cancer in families with an inherited risk.


The cost for BowelGene is £1400 which includes pre and post test counselling.

Book an initial 1 hour consultation for only £150 and find out if you are at risk

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