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Genetic Testing

The majority of breast cancers are not related to an inherited faulty gene and are instead caused by what we call “sporadic mutations”, where the genetic control centre inside the cell becomes disrupted.

However, sometimes a faulty gene can be inherited which increases your chances of developing breast cancer.

If you would like to discuss your family history of breast cancer, please make an appointment to see Mr Robertson.

If there is a strong family history of breast cancer, or a personal history of certain types of breast cancer, then you may be eligible for assessment by the regional NHS West Midlands Clinical Genetics Unit in Birmingham. Subsequent referrals there are made by completing and returning the Family History form, usually via your GP, to allow further assessment.

If you have already had a Family History risk assessment and have been classified as being at increased risk of developing breast cancer during your lifetime, and wish to discuss the various risk-reducing or risk management strategies available (including the option of risk-reducing surgery and reconstruction) then please make an appointment to see Mr Robertson. Click here to request an appointment.

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