Genetic Counseling for Cancer

Assessing your cancer risk

Certain types of cancer can be passed from generation to generation. Our genetic counselor helps identify individuals who may be at high risk for developing cancer due to family history.

If you know you have a genetic risk for developing cancer, you and your physician can plan preventative measures and increased screenings so cancer can be identified early, when it is most curable.

The Cancer Genetics Counseling Program provides:

  • Hereditary cancer risk assessment
  • Education for patients and their family
  • Genetic testing and DNA banking, when appropriate
  • Access to on-going local and national cancer research studies

Should you have an assessment for hereditary cancer?

Although most cancer is not inherited and happens by chance, approximately 5-10% of all cancers are due to a hereditary factor.  If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, consider a cancer genetics assessment:

  • Have several of your family members had cancer, especially breast, ovarian, colon, endometrial (cancer of the uterus) or thyroid cancer?
  • Have you or any of your close relatives with cancer been diagnosed before the age of 50?
  • Do you or a relative have more than one primary cancer (such as breast cancer and then ovarian cancer)?
  • Do you or a family member have unusual cancers, such as a male breast cancer?
  • Does your family history of cancer cause you to worry about your risk?
  • Do you think that the cancer in your family is hereditary and you want to know more about genetic testing and cancer genes?
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