Cancer Genetics and Genetic Counseling
Approximately 10% of all cancers are hereditary, meaning that specific mutations (changes) in genes are passed on between relatives. If you are born with (inherit) an abnormal gene(s) you are at a higher risk for developing cancer during your lifetime. There is also the potential for passing on these gene changes to your offspring. Genetic counseling (and testing when indicated) can help you understand this risk.
Our goal is to empower you and your family to make personalized, well-informed healthcare decisions based on your individualized genetic risk assessment. Your decisions can lead to better cancer treatments, earlier cancer detection and prevention. Knowing your risk can change your future.
What to Expect at Your Visit
- Detailed medical and family history and creation of a medical family tree
- Cancer or disease risk assessment based on history, physical exam, and evidence-based risk models
- Genetic testing discussion
- Cancer screening and prevention recommendations
Health insurance typically covers consultation appointments and is independent of any genetic testing costs or authorizations. Most Insurance companies also cover the cost of genetic testing for people considered at high risk for disease. If you are uninsured, other means for assistance may be available.
- National Cancer Institute, Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes
- American Cancer Society, Family Cancer Syndromes