Breast Cancer, the role of genetic tests as a preventative measure
Breast cancer is one of the worst ways cancer can affect someone. It is one of the most common forms of cancers in India as per a survey done by GLOBOCAN. Now here’s an interesting fact. Did you know that around 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary in nature? That means it is passed on through generations from parent to child. You might wonder then why only certain people encounter breast cancer in their lives, but not the entire generation is affected. That’s the complexity of genes and how they work. Markers that cause cancer to happen can be triggered due to changes in lifestyle, habits, medications and many other factors. While a lot of factors are known nowadays, there are still many causes that are yet to be identified. Here it becomes crucial to understand that one has to toe this fine line very carefully between what’s safe and what’s not.
Keeping all this in consideration, what are the preventative measures that can be taken against breast cancer? Regular self-examinations done in front of a mirror are always great, especially 2-3 days after periods. Checking for changes in the skin tone around the breast and armpit area and for any deformity in the nipples’ shape along with any kind of fluid leaks are the key things to keep in mind. There are a few steps to follow in order to conduct a good physical self-exam. Please refer to the attached image for the same.
Additionally, staying away from alcohol and smoking is a great way to stay safe from triggering any cancer-related markers inadvertently through lifestyle choices. When it comes to physical activity, doing a bit of exercise daily helps in being fit and boosting the immune system. If you are a new mother, it is important to note that breastfeeding is one of the best ways to help prevent the onset of breast cancer. These are all ways in which you can do your bit in staying protected. But disaster doesn’t often come announced. So, what else is an option for you?
Mammograms are good, but they can only let you know if a tumour has already started developing. There is a way to be proactive even before that. That is through telegenetics. Remember how cancers can be hereditary? If someone among your predecessors ever had a run in with cancer, it is likely that you would be carrying the same marker in your genes. Telegenetics involves a three part process – the initial genetic health consultation, the genetic test and then the explanation of the results and further advice.
In the first part of the process, a genetic counsellor will interact with you to understand your family and your health history. Based on that, you will be advised whether to go for a genetic test or not. Then comes the actual test. This is the simplest part of the process by far. You will be mailed a test kit containing the equipment that will help you provide a sample of your saliva. You can then mail the kit back to the laboratory. After a couple of days, when the test results arrive, your genetic counsellor will start the last part of the process. This includes discussing the test results and letting you know what you should be concerned about and the possible ways in which you can be prepared for any eventuality of breast cancer.
Telegenetics is a better option than just physical checkup because it can be done at almost any age and can let you know if there are any possible risks. Genes do not change with age, so a test done once is good for life. You don’t have to go anywhere to get the test done or to have the counselling and consulting sessions. Counselling and consulting is done via calls or online. Being aware of your genes is a better prerogative than being concerned of any future eventuality without any preparedness. Contact truGeny here https://trugeny.com/ to know more.