Genetic testing can help you and your doctor better understand your health risks so that together you can determine a management plan that is right for you. This may include more frequent examinations, blood tests, imaging, medications, or risk-reducing surgeries.

While many people feel empowered when they receive genetic test results, testing may not be right for everyone. For example, some people may find that knowing about a mutation or cancer predisposition causes increased anxiety. A genetic counselor can help you think through the implications of testing and help you make an informed decision. If you decide not to undergo genetic testing, you may talk to your doctor about whether increased cancer surveillance is appropriate for you.