GeneType tests are different from other risk assessments because we test what is most unique about you – your DNA. Your DNA code, composed of the letters A, T, C and G, spells out instructions for your body, influencing the way you look, how your body functions, and your risk for disease. GeneType tests for common variations in your DNA code that many people carry – we call these DNA markers, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). While one or two of these DNA markers won’t make much of a difference, many markers together can have a big impact on your risk. After isolating your DNA from a simple cheek swab sample that is collected in your healthcare provider’s office, GeneType tests your DNA for markers that have been shown by scientific studies to be associated with risk. We add up the effects of all these markers together – this is called a polygenic risk score. We use the polygenic risk score, along with other risk factors like your family history and age, to provide your personalized risk assessment.

Other types of genetic tests look at rare gene variants that can run in families and cause an inherited form of disease. These tests are most appropriate for people who have a lot of people in their family who have been diagnosed with the same type of disease. GeneType tests look at common DNA variations that many people carry, and is appropriate even if you don’t have a family history.

GeneType testing currently offers risk assessment tests for breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Both of these are multifactorial health conditions, meaning that they are caused by many different genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors. GeneType for Breast Cancer and GeneType for Colorectal Cancer incorporate many of these risk factors into one comprehensive risk assessment. Based on your GeneType testing results, you and your healthcare provider can customize your screening and prevention plans to fit your personalized risk.

Risk factors assessed by
GeneType for Breast Cancer.

  • 70+ DNA markers
  • Age
  • Family history
  • Breast density
  • Menopausal status
  • Height & weight
  • Ethnicity

Risk factors assessed by
GeneType for Colorectal Cancer.

  • 40+ DNA markers
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Family history
  • Ethnicity