May is National Cancer Research Awareness Month
You can contribute to research on cancer by taking the Cancer Family History survey (men’s version and women’s version) and if eligible, participating in the following studies: – Do you have sarcoma, or know someone who does? Learn how to join our Sarcoma research community today. – Do you have an MPN, or know someone who does? Learn how to join our MPN research initiative today. – If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, check out our innovative online study with Genentech.
- Cancer is relatively common in the 23andMe database
About 20% of women and 16% of men had a diagnosis of some form of cancer (this included relatively common non-melanoma skin cancers). These numbers are higher than the national adult average of 8.5%, which may reflect the fact that 23andMe customers include individuals enrolled in our Sarcoma, MPN and Metastatic breast Cancer research communities. People with a strong family history of cancer might also be more interested in undergoing genetic testing and taking this survey.
- Approximately 50% have a 1st degree relative with cancer
Just over half of respondents have a mother, father, child or sibling who had been diagnosed with cancer.
- Many have parents who suffered from breast or prostate cancer
Nearly 10% of respondents (combined male and female) have a mother with breast cancer while just over 1% had a father with prostate cancer.