As many as 10% of cancer cases are hereditary

Knowing your personal and family history of cancer is the first step in determining if you might be at increased risk for cancer

What is Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk?

Hereditary cancer testing is a type of genetic test that can help you and your healthcare provider find out if you’re at higher risk for developing cancer due to certain types of genetic changes that may have been passed down through your family.


  • If you have a genetic change, your parents, children, and siblings have a 50% chance of having the same genetic change.
  • Other blood relatives (aunts, uncles and cousins) on the same side of the family are at risk of carrying the same genetic change.
  • Testing is the primary way to identify gene changes, which could impact your medical management, including options that may reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Myriad genetics

Myriad Genetics has more than 30 years’ experience and today, Myriad is the pioneer and leader in genetic testing. Myriad’s genetic testing products are designed to assess an individual’s risk for developing disease so that action can be taken to prevent or delay its onset.


MyRisk testing is a more complete picture of cancer risk with RiskScore. For most patients, MyRisk test results also include RiskScore, a personalized five-year and remaining lifetime risk for developing breast cancer. Available to people of all ancestries, this information can help you and your healthcare provider manage your risk now and into the future.

What is Myriad Myrisk?

Myriad myRisk genetic testing combines your genetic information with personal and family history to generate management options to help you lower your cancer risks. It looks at multiple genes that impact inherited risks for eight critical cancers:

  • breast
  • ovarian
  • uterine
  • gastric
  • colorectal
  • pancreatic
  • prostate
  • melanoma

In families with hereditary cancer, the cancer risk is passed down through generations by inheriting altered genes, which increase the risk of developing cancer. People with hereditary cancer are more likely to have relatives with the same type or related type of cancer. They may develop more than one cancer, and their cancer often occurs at an earlier age. A simple, in-office blood test can identify gene mutations that could impact lifetime medical management.

The Couri Center offers MyRisk screening & complimentary tele-education to our patients who meet cancer-screening criteria. Tele-education allows you to speak live with a Board Certified Genetic Counselor who can answer any questions you may have about hereditary cancer. We can help you decide if you might benefit from the test.

Knowledge is power

Knowing if you are at higher risk for cancer allows you to make potentially life-saving medical decisions.

You and your healthcare provider can work together to create a personalized plan to possibly reduce your risk of developing cancer or increase the likelihood of finding cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage.


To learn more, visit Myriad Genetics