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Genetic counselling

You can find out about the genetic risk of cancer from the Cancer Society’s counselling service. The aim of the counselling service is to alleviate concerns about becoming ill and to provide solid information about cancer and cancer and genetics.

Cancer is not inherited

It is worth bearing in mind that cancer is not inherited. It is only the genetic defect that may cause cancer that is inherited. We therefore speak of an inherited predisposition to cancer.

An inherited predisposition to cancer increases the risk of a person getting cancer. According to current estimates, some one out of ten cases of cancer is associated with hereditary predisposition.

Cancer genetics

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