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The Cancer Genetics Program provides genetic counseling and testing to people with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Although most cancers occur by chance, about 5-10% of cancer cases are hereditary, meaning they run in the family. Cancer genetic counseling takes information about a person’s personal and family history of cancer to determine if genetic testing would be recommended. At a cancer genetic counseling appointment, a person can learn more about genetic testing, cancer screening and possible prevention, early detection, and possible treatment options.
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Speaking with a genetic counselor to provide you with choices, options, and counseling regarding your cancer risk.
Looking at a person's genetic material (DNA) for changes associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.
Cancer genetic counseling typically involves 1-2 visits, lasting 60-90 minutes each. At your first appointment, a detailed family and medical history is obtained and genetic testing is discussed. If testing is performed, the results are shared with you and a follow-up visit is scheduled as needed. The results are used to develop a management plan which is shared with your doctors. Not everyone needs to have cancer genetic testing- we can help you decide if genetic testing is right for you.
Cancer genetic counseling is helpful if you have anxiety or concern about your risk of developing cancer. The Cancer Genetics Program is helpful if you have:
Genetic testing involves looking at your genetic material (DNA) for changes associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. This testing may reveal whether the cancer risk in your family is inherited, or passed through your genes. The procedure requires a small blood sample.
Many insurance companies cover these services, but we can assist you in determining if your insurance company provides genetic counseling and testing as covered benefits. You can also call your insurance company directly for more information on benefits of coverage.