As we continue our series on breast cancer awareness, family history can play a role in your chances of developing certain kinds of cancer. In some cases cancer is caused by an abnormal gene passed along from generation to generation, but there is a way to find out your risk for carrying the gene. Wawi Tijerina leads a busy life, as a mother, wife, and Webb County Commissioner, but makes it a point to stay on top of her health. "I'm a firm believer, and I'm one of them that checks myself every single year." She goes for her yearly mammogram and although there is no family history of breast cancer she's not taking any chances. For some women, the risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer is very high, and Diana Leal helps those women calculate their risk through genetic testing. "If they carry the gene, its an 87% risk of them getting a breast cancer, and a 44% chance of getting ovarian cancer." Diana sees patients, both men and women, who have a family history of cancer, and creates what's called a pedigree, to look back three generations. "I use several models to calculate their risk of getting a cancer and then I can also calculate what is their risk of being a carrier of the gene." If a patient has a high risk for carrying the gene, they undergo genetic testing, which is a simple cheek swab, and get results back in about two weeks. "It's really been the trend, its really the wave of the future, it helps empower people to be proactive in their healthcare and to be preventive." And for Wawi Tijerina, she says being proactive is a big priority for her. "I feel that if I take care of myself I can live longer, and of course I want to be there for my family and be able to live a normal life." In most cases the genetic testing is covered through health insurance.