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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 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 if possible it is more informative to test a relative who has had bowel cancer first.

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?

Families 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
  • 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 screening. 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.

Price

The cost for BowelGene is £1500 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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Insurance & financial information

Some individuals may be concerned about difficulties obtaining insurance coverage following genetic testing. This does not need to be a concern as the Code on Genetic Testing and Insurance ensures that individuals do not have to disclose cancer predictive test results. More information can be found at https://www.abi.org.uk/globalassets/files/publications/public/genetics/code-on-genetic-testing-and-insurance_embargoed.pdf.

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