When it comes to considering one’s risk of developing cancer, determining one’s genetic background is vital. This is because up to 10% of all cancers develop due to being hereditary. At Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer to new and current patients comprehensive risk assessments and genetic testing. These allow us to identify patients who may be at a higher risk of developing cancer and help them by providing personalized service, especially when it comes to women considering breast augmentation.
How are genetic breast cancer risks determined?
Determining a woman’s risk of breast cancer is done during this type of genetic testing. The doctor will review your medical history, as well as your family history for cancers. Genetic testing can be arranged, and patients can speak to Drs. Christine Fisher about their unique concerns. A breast cancer screening is always done prior to any plastic surgery on the breasts, whether it is a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction. Patients who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer will want to undergo regular monitoring and screenings, such as mammograms, to enhance one’s chances of finding cancer in its earliest stages where it can be mitigated to avoid growth and spread.
Why is genetic testing important?
Patients who have a strong family history of certain medical conditions and cancers are often at a much higher risk of developing them themselves. This is why the team at Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will encourage patients to be aware of their family medical history and the cancers that tend to be genetic to take a proactive approach to their healthcare.
Are you interested in genetic counseling and testing?
At Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we recommend that all women who are considering breast surgery first work with our team to undergo genetic breast cancer risks to assess them currently and determine their risks in the future. If you are located in the area of Austin, TX and are interested in learning ore, contact the office of Drs. Christine Fisher by calling 512-815-0123. The office is located at 2905 San Gabriel Street, Suite #100 and accepts new patients.