The decision to pursue or not pursue genetic testing is very individual and personal. Genetic Counseling translates technical and complicated knowledge into practical information for individuals and their families. Counseling can help us:
- Determine the likelihood that the cancers in a family are inherited
- Discuss options for early identification of cancer and risk reduction
- Provide information about the benefits, risk and limitation of genetic testing
- Coordinate genetic testing and to provide accurate interpretations of the results
- Provide information about relevant local, regional and national patient organizations
If you and your family meet one or more of the following criteria, you may want to consider obtaining more information on genetic consultation and testing.
- Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same types of cancer
- Cancer that occurs under the age of 50
- Rare cancers
- A known cancer predisposition gene
Learn more about your risk and whether or not you should consider genetic counseling or testing.
For more information call the Genetics & Risk Assessment Center at 574.231.6477.