Our clinic provides patients with a comprehensive cancer risk assessment. This assessment helps identify patients who may have hereditary cancer syndromes. It also allows our counselors to educate patients and loved ones, coordinate genetic testing for other family members and interpret test results for patients and their medical providers. We can recommend medical interventions that may improve outcomes.
A small percentage of individuals have a hereditary predisposition to specific cancers. Identification of individuals with a hereditary disposition for specific cancers may provide for medical interventions that result in better outcomes. Genetic testing is not for everyone. However, the clinic's genetic counselors will help a patient determine whether it is the right option for themselves or their family.
An individual may particularly want genetic counseling if:
- There is a personal history of cancer, particularly at a young age
- There is a family or personal history of breast cancer before age 50
- There is a family history of ovarian cancer
- There is a family or personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN)
- There is a family history of colorectal cancer before age 50
- He or she has had more than one cancer in his or her lifetime
- There is a known hereditary cancer syndrome in the family