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Genetic Testing

Reyes and Reyes, MD, PA

Family Practice & Primary Care Practice located in Hollywood, FL & Davie, FL

With advancements in medical technology, you can go through simple genetic testing with Myriad myRisk® to determine if you have a risk of developing cancer. Rene Reyes, MD offers advanced genetic screening right in the office at Reyes and Reyes, MD, PA. If you want to find out how you can benefit from this revolutionary service, schedule a consultation. Book your appointment by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the clinic.

Genetic Testing

How does genetic testing work?

Genetic testing with Myriad myRisk involves gathering a small blood or saliva sample and sending it off to Myriad Genetic Laboratories. The researchers use groundbreaking technology to analyze your specimen and capture your specific mutation carriers, as well as your personal family history cancer traits.

You should consider genetic testing if you have a:

  • Known family history of cancer
  • Personal history of cancer

Generally, only men and women who have these cancer risk factors need genetic testing with Myriad myRisk.

Which types of cancer are evaluated during genetic testing?

Myriad myRisk’s patented genetic testing system evaluates a 28-gene panel that identifies your risk of eight types of hereditary cancers. This state-of-the-art genetic test can help determine your risk of the following cancers:

  • Breast
  • Ovarian
  • Endometrial
  • Prostate
  • Melanoma
  • Pancreatic
  • Colorectal
  • Gastric

Clinical studies have shown that testing with Myriad myRisk boosts detection of gene mutations by 40-50%. Depending on your specific testing, your results can even include a cancer riskScore®, which provides a comprehensive assessment of your potential risk of developing breast cancer.

When will I get my genetic test results?

It takes time for Myriad Genetic Laboratories researchers to thoroughly evaluate your blood or saliva specimen and check for cancerous gene mutations. Generally, your results come back as quickly as two weeks after Dr. Reyes sends off your specimen.

In some cases though, it could take up to a month or more. Rest assured, as soon as your results are available, the team at Reyes and Reyes, MD, PA calls you to schedule a follow-up visit. This way, you can meet with Dr. Reyes and get a thorough explanation of your test results.

Does a positive genetic test mean I will develop cancer?

No. Even if your genetic testing results come back positive for certain types of cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to develop cancer. All this testing shows is that you have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Because of this, Dr. Reyes and his team work with you to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk, if needed.

For instance, if you’re overweight and your Myriad myRisk shows that you have an elevated risk of colorectal cancer, Dr. Reyes counsels you on how to lose weight and which foods you really need to avoid. The team can also help you get started on finding ways to increase your activity level, so you can lose weight and further reduce your risk of developing cancer. They work closely with you to help you stay as healthy as possible.

To learn more about genetic testing offered at Reyes and Reyes, MD, PA, book a consultation either online or over the phone.