Hereditary Cancer Services

Genetic Testing and Counseling for Cancer

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If cancer runs in your family, you may consider genetic testing to determine your cancer risk. If you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or colon cancer, knowing whether this cancer is inherited can direct your treatment decisions. It may also affect your loved ones’ health in the future.

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. By arming yourself with knowledge about your cancer risk, you can make important decisions about screening, treatment, and preventive surgery, which may reduce your cancer risk and cancer’s impact on your life.