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Genetic Risk Assessment

We offer genetic testing and genetic counseling to people diagnosed with cancer, as well as people who may be at risk of developing cancer. Genetic counselors work closely with oncologists who are trained to diagnose and treat hereditary cancers, comprising five to 10 percent of all cancers. Genetic counseling can help guide treatment. Experts can clarify risks and offer counseling to help patients make informed decisions about treatment options and lifestyle changes.

Am I or my family at risk for getting cancer?

abstract illustration of DNA strandsIf cancer runs in a family, members may consider genetic testing to determine cancer risk. If a patient has already been diagnosed breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or colon cancer, knowing whether this cancer is inherited can direct treatment decisions.

Genetic testing can alleviate fears in people who find they do not carry specific gene changes that may lead to cancer. It can also be a lifesaver. Patients who know their cancer risk can make important decisions about screening, treatment and preventive surgery, which may reduce cancer risk and cancer's impact on one's life.

Risk Factors

If you answer yes to any of these, contact your provider and see if you may benefit from having genetic screening:
  • Were diagnosed with Cancer before the age of 50
  • Have been diagnosed with HER-2 Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Have been diagnosed with Male Breast Cancer
  • Have been diagnosed with more than 1 type of Cancer
  • Have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at any age
  • Have been diagnosed with Metastatic Prostate Cancer
  • Have had 10 or more Colon Polyps in your lifetime
  • Have more than 2 family members diagnosed with Cancer (Breast, Colon, Uterine, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Melanoma)
  • Have anyone in your family who has tested positive for a gene mutation

If you have any questions or would like more information about Cancer Genetics, please call us at (540) 332-5960.