Women's Health

FDA Approves Historic First At-Home Breast Cancer Genetic Test

Since most cancer cases are not caused by gene mutations, this test should be taken with caution

A majority of cancer cases are not caused by inherited gene mutations, but they are thought to be caused by several different factors, including obesity, smoking, hormone use, and other lifestyle choices. For these reasons, it is important for patients to consult with their healthcare providers about how these factors can impact their individual risk of cancer and what they can do to change that risk. “The test should not be used as a substitute for seeing your doctor for cancer screenings or counseling on genetic and lifestyle factors that can increase or decrease cancer risk,” said Pierre.