According to urology specialist Dr. Cletus Georges, science has found significant links between genetics and cancer. For today’s blog, he sheds light on these links to help people understand the condition more.
In recent studies, researchers have found that 1 out of 10 men with prostate cancer has the condition due to an inherited genetic mutation. Even national guidelines aim to determine which men who have prostate cancer should undergo genetic counseling and testing. This was created in the interest of addressing cancer in general, which has been one of the most elusive medical issues known to man, Dr. Cletus Georges explains.
Below is a list of the guidelines, as shared by Dr. Cletus Georges.
1. A tumor test that suggests a hereditary condition
2. A blood relative has tested positive for an inherited mutation pointing to a gene linked to prostate cancer
3. Metastatic prostate cancer diagnosed at any age
4. An indication based on pathology that the cancer is considered very high or high-risk
5. Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish ancestry
6. A blood relative diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 or younger, or ovarian, pancreatic or metastatic prostate cancer, or high-grade prostate cancer at any age
7. Two or more close relatives diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer at any age.
Dr. Cletus Georges adds that the relevant genetic tests administered in prostate cancer are Germline and Somatic testing, which work to identify unique target therapies.
Dr. Cletus Georges is a seasoned urologist who has brought his practice to various places in Florida. He specializes in treating conditions affecting the urinary tract in men and women. For more related articles, visit this page.