Proactive cancer risk test

Taking action toward a healthier future for you and your family.

Knowing your genetic risk is the first step toward a tailored prevention and health screening plan for you.
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Genetics is only one part of the cancer risk puzzle. This test does not cover every factor that can contribute to your risk of developing cancer. So, it's important to follow best practices and guidelines for cancer screening recommendations and regularly consult with your GP.

What are the possible outcomes of the test?

Your test results help clarify your genetic risk of certain inherited cancers in an easy to understand report.

Your test results will cover what genes were tested, if any variations were found that increased your risk and provide you with important guidance for your next steps.

At no additional cost, connect with your Eugene genetic counsellor to discuss your test results. They can help you understand your results, answer any questions and help you learn more about what your results mean for you.

If you do not carry a variation that increases your risk

Most people find out that they do not carry a gene variation that increases their risk of cancer.

  • You've got a reassuring result that can provide some peace of mind.
  • You'll get a personal risk report and action plan that is based on your genetic risk, lifestyle, environment and your personal and family health history.
  • It's always worth noting that there are many other factors like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and UV exposure that can also increase your cancer risk.

This does not mean

  • You will never develop cancer.
If you carry a variation that increases your risk

Some people find out that they do carry a gene variation that increases their risk of cancer.

  • It can be overwhelming to find out, but if we're honest, it's also really important to know.
  • Knowing up front will help you make informed lifestyle and healthcare choices.
  • The specific gene variation you carry will influence your cancer risk.
  • Knowing your genetic risk will help tailor an appropriate prevention and health screening plan for you.
  • We can also connect you with an extended network of specialists, and set you up with the best possible action plan.

This does not mean

  • You have cancer or that you are certain to develop it.
What does the action plan look like?

An action plan specific to you, your personal and family health history and your genetic risk.

Different variations impact us differently

Each of the genes included in this test increase your risk of getting one or more types of cancer. If you are found to carry a variation in one of these genes, the amount your risk increases depends on the specific variation that was found.

What this means is that the steps each person can take to manage their risk will look different and will also be outlined simply in your personal risk report and action plan. Your Eugene counsellor will help you make sense of those steps, whatever they are.

Other pieces of your puzzle

Beyond your genetic risk, it's also important to include your personal & family history to help you understand your lifetime risk of cancer. We also discuss any screening and prevention measures that you and your doctor can act on.

What are some actions I could take?

Taking action for better health outcomes for you and your family.

Prevention strategies

Prevention strategies are aimed at preventing a cancer from ever developing in the first place. These strategies can include —

  • Making specific lifestyle changes to minimise risk.
  • For some people, there may be medications they can take throughout their life to lower their risk.
  • This may also influence the way you go about planning a family.
  • Depending on the variations identified, there may also be more serious options like surgery to consider.
Screening for early detection

Early detection strategies are aimed at finding a cancer as early on in its development as possible. These strategies can include —

  • More frequent screenings, starting at a younger age than average to give the best possible chance of finding any cancer early.
  • Early detection improves your chances of beating cancer. Caught early, some cancers have as high as 90% survivability.
  • Your results can also open up your ability to access funded surveillance programs and other risk reducing treatments.
Why genetic counselling?

It’s like having your very own personal genetics expert.

Genetic counsellors guide people through making important decisions around how genetics influences their health. They are not doctors, but are genetic specialists that are trained to identify, explore and explain genetic risk. They can help you be practically and emotionally prepared to make empowered choices that feel right for you.

Emotional considerations

Getting test results back can be confusing and worrying. Our counsellors help you through this with thoughtful guidance and support.

Practical considerations

Knowing your options can be empowering only if you can understand them. We help you decode the medical acronyms and navigate your choices.

Family considerations

Genetics is all about family, so your results can affect your family too. If you do carry a variation that increases your risk, this also means your siblings have a 50/50 chance of having that same variation. One of your parents is also very likely to have the same variation. The ripple effect can include your your extended family (aunts, uncles, grandparents) who may have it as well.

Your Eugene genetic counsellor can guide you to help your loved ones understand your results and how their health could be impacted.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is genetic counselling?

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Genetic counsellors guide people in making important decisions around how genetics influences their health. They are not doctors, but are genetic specialists that are trained to identify, explore and explain genetic risk. They can help you be practically and emotionally prepared to make empowered choices that feel right for you.

At no additional cost, connect with your Eugene genetic counsellor to discuss your test results. They can help you understand your results, answer any questions and help you learn more about what your results mean for you.

If a gene variation is found that increases my risk, does that mean I will develop cancer?

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No. Genetics is only one part of the cancer risk puzzle. Having a gene variant in one of the genes included on our test will increase your chance of developing cancer, but not everyone who has a gene variation will get cancer in their lifetime.

There are many other factors that contribute to your risk, including environmental factors like exposure to the sun and lifestyle factors like smoking and exercise. If a gene variant is identified on our test, your results will include information about the specific gene variation you carry and how it influences your cancer risk so you can better understand your lifetime chance of developing that specific type cancer.

Could this test affect my ability to get insurance?

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In some cases this test could impact your ability to get life or income protection insurance.

Not impacted—

  • Your ability to get health insurance
  • Your existing life and/or income protection cover. However, if you want to take out cover or change your existing policy, this test may have an impact.
  • Life and other insurances through super that are group policies and don't take into account personal medical history.
  • If your result doesn't identify a gene variant then your insurance shouldn't be impacted.

Could have an impact —

  • If you want to take out cover or change your existing policy, this test may have an impact.
  • On policies that do consider your medical history, like underwritten policies above certain coverage amounts (currently $500,000 for life insurance). If a gene variation that increases your risk of cancer is identified before you have taken out cover, you may be denied cover, or have to pay a higher premium or have policy exclusions.

For more information about how life and other insurance products may be impacted by genetic testing, visit the Financial Services Council or the Center for Genetics Education website.

How are my results used by my doctor in my ongoing care?

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Your result will help you and your doctor determine any action strategies for prevention and early detection that might be appropriate for you.

You can learn more about that here.

How can I share results with my doctor?

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Eugene's proactive cancer risk test includes a personal clinical report that will have details about your results, that you can share with your doctor. The clinical report is available for you when you receive your results.

You can also speak with a Eugene genetic counsellor at no additional charge. Genetic counsellors can help you understand your results, consider next steps, and discuss how to share information with doctors and family.

What's the turnaround time?

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From the moment we receive your saliva sample, the turnaround time to get your results is 3 to 4 weeks.

Is there support to help me understand my results?

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Absolutely! Each test comes with a post test genetic counselling session. Your Eugene genetic counsellors are all trained and have practiced across a number of specialties in addition to carrier screening and together with our consultant geneticists and widespread network of healthcare professionals, we make sure you're always connected and supported.

Are my results and personal info protected?

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As a healthcare company, we comply with the most stringent local and international privacy and security regulations. We take incredible care to use technical, process and physical safeguards to secure your personal information and protect it against misuse, loss or alteration.

Finally, Eugene doesn't share any your data with anyone but you and (with your express permission) your doctor.

I don't have a family history of cancer, is this still relevant for me?

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Yes. Even if you don't have a family history you could still have a genetic risk that increases your own risk. Not everyone who carries an increased risk gene variant will develop cancer, so not every family will have a cancer history. So, while gene variations that increase cancer risk are rare, knowing whether or not there's one in you or your family could be lifesaving.

What happens to my sample once the test is complete?

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Your saliva sample is destroyed after 60 days. In unusual cases when testing takes longer than 30 days, the specimen will be retained until the report is delivered.

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