Most genetic testing takes a few weeks. While waiting for your results, hundreds of thoughts are likely running through your head. What's next? Do I have cancer now? How can I prevent cancer from developing? From spreading? What will happen to my family? Did I pass this down to my kids?

Once your results are in, your hereditary cancer specialist will help you understand them along with any next steps. If you’re found to have a higher cancer risk, you may need a prevention plan to reduce your risk level or a diagnosis as early as possible. If you’re not in the high-risk category, a specialist can tailor your medical care to fit your average or moderate risk level. Regardless of your genetic testing results, specialists will help you and your family understand your risk level and options. They will discuss recommendations for preventative care and cancer screening, offer information about support groups or other educational resources, and provide emotional support to you and your family.