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PreSENTIA hereditary cancer test panels can detect numerous inherited genetic changes (mutations) that could cause cancer in the future.


PreSENTIA offers an extensive portfolio of 19 hereditary cancer test panels. Each panel focuses on a set of genes that determine someone’s chances of developing a specific cancer in the future. The genetic changes in the genes that could cause cancer are inherited from parents to their children, and are present from birth.

Knowing that a person carries one of these genetic mutations can help them take preventative measures and plan a more informed clinical management. As a result, early detection of cancer can be achieved – which increases the chances of successful treatment – or prevention.

We also carry out NIPT blood testing and carrier screening.

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20-minute appointment (40 minutes for couples)

Samples using a buccal swab

A scan report

All digital images emailed after the scan for free


Identifying the genetic change that could cause cancer in the future is useful for people with cancer in their family history, and for people suspected of having a hereditary form of cancer. This knowledge can help with better medical planning, avoiding risk factors and informing family members of their risk.

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Family members with cancer in the same side of the family

Multiple cancers in the same family member

Family members with early cancer onset

Family members with rare cancer types

A family member that has been diagnosed with a genetic mutation that has cancer susceptibility

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Personal or family history of a hereditary cancer syndrome

  • How early can I have a pregnancy scan?
    The earliest scan you can have an early pregnancy scan is from 6 weeks. Earlier than that and we might not be able to detect the baby’s heartbeat.
  • How accurate are early pregnancy scans?
    The early assurance scans are highly accurate when performed at the appropriate stage of the pregnancy (from 6 weeks onwards). The accuracy also relies on the scan being performed by competent and qualified sonographers. Early pregnancy scans are especially accurate when performed trans-vaginally because the scan images obtained in this manner can show a significant amount of miniature developmental details of the early pregnancy stages.
  • Are early pregnancy scans safe?
    Early pregnancy scans are performed by ultrasound, just like any other pregnancy scan. The only difference with early scans is that they are often transvaginal as opposed to abdominal – the procedure is completely safe for mother and baby.
  • When will I get the results for my reassurance scan?
    You will get the results of your ultrasound the same day as your appointment. You will also receive a typed report on email to keep for your records.
  • Can early ultrasound scan detect if I have twins?
    Yes, during in your early scan, you will be able to find out how many babies you will be expecting.
  • If the early pregnancy scan shows my baby is more likely to have a condition, what happens next?
    We have clear referral procedures to the NHS Trust Hospitals. To pursue the referral pathway, we contact the EPM Department at your trust hospital on your behalf, initially. Then we give you their contact number and our official referral form to present to them.
  • Can I find out the gender of my baby during early pregnancy scan?
    No, you will not be able to find out the gender of your baby during an early scan. You will be able to find out the gender of your baby from 15 weeks and 4 days.
  • When do you recommend having an early scan to learn as much as possible about my baby?
    We recommend that an early scan should only be performed 6 weeks after the first day of your menstrual cycle. Ultrasound is not able to demonstrate conclusive results of a viable pregnancy prior to this time. Attending an early assurance scan too soon can result in causing unwarranted worry since the results on the day would be inconclusive and require a second visit to the clinic for a reassessment. It’s important to just ensure you book the scan at the correct time frame to get the most reassurance and information about the pregnancy.
  • Can an early scan detect my baby’s heartbeat?
    Yes, from 6 weeks' gestation we will be able to detect your baby’s heartbeat via a transvaginal ultrasound. This is completely safe for your baby when performed with the correct equipment and by a competent sonographer.
  • If I can’t see my baby during early scan, what happens next?
    If you can’t see your baby during your early scan, we will organise a rebooking of your scan completely free of charge.
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If you are considering cancer screening, we would be more than happy to walk you through the steps.

Phone: 0800 640 4299

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