Genetic Cancer Risk Evaluation and Cancer Genetic Testing

You can take a proactive approach to managing or preventing cancer by undergoing a Cancer Genetic Risk Evaluation. In addition to determining the level of risk of specific cancers, the evaluation includes counseling and education regarding risk, medical management recommendations and if appropriate, genetic testing.

You may benefit from a cancer genetic risk assessment if you have a personal and/or family history of:

  • Cancer at a young age, i.e. breast, uterine, or colon cancer before 50
  • Triple negative breast cancer before age 60
  • More than one breast cancer with 1st diagnosis before 50
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Personal history of breast and ovarian cancer at any age
  • Male breast cancer or aggressive prostate cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Ashkenazim Jewish heritage with a history of breast, ovarian or pancreas cancer
  • Personal history of uterine and colon cancer at any age
  • More than 10 colon polyps
  • More than two melanomas, especially if 1st diagnosis before 50
  • More than one cancer diagnosis in one person
  • Multiple generations of family members with similar cancers

Did You Know....

Most cancers are not inherited; they usually develop sporadically, most often in older adults. Approximately 10% of the time, however, inherited gene alterations (mutations) are the reason a cancer develops. Genetic testing is useful in determining whether a mutation increasing the risk of cancer is present.

Learn more about genetic cancer risk evaluations and cancer genetic testing by watching the video below.

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