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Which are the most common inherited cancers?

Ovarian, colorectal and breast cancer is the most common inherited cancers. In particular among inherited cancers, the percentage of ovarian cancer is between 15 and 25%, followed by 10% and breast cancer by 5-10%. However, hereditary cancer is a small subset of all malignancies and its percentage is modified depending on the type of malignancy. In the context of investigating cancer inheritance, over the past five years, multi-gene tests have been developed that control 10-400 genes for mutations predisposing to one or many types of malignancies.