Cancer is fairly common, and most people know at least one relative or friend who has had the disease. Although most cancer happens by chance, approximately 5-10 % of all cancers are due to an inherited factor. For these individuals, it may seem like cancer “runs” in the family.
Genetic Counselors are trained professionals with masters degrees who work to provide you and your family with the most accurate and up-to-date information about your family’s cancer risks.
Could I have an inherited factor for cancer?
Again, most cancer happens by chance. But if you answer 'yes' to any of the following questions, ask your doctor for a referral to cancer genetic counseling.
- Have you or any of your relatives with cancer been diagnosed before the age of 50?
- Do you or a relative have more than one primary cancer?
- Have several of your relatives had cancer especially breast, ovarian, colon or endometrial (cancer of the uterus)?
- Do you or a family member have unusual cancers, such as male breast cancer?
- Do you or a family member have 20 or more colorectal polyps?
- Does your family history of cancer cause you to worry about your risk of developing cancer?
- Have you ever wondered if your family has an increased risk for cancer?
Genetic counseling can be one of the most beneficial ways of determining your likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer.
During genetic counseling sessions one can expect:
For more information
- A review of your family and medical history
- A discussion about basic genetics and cancer topics
- Personalized hereditary cancer risk assessment
- Discussion of genetic testing options
about genetic counseling or to make an appointment with a Genetic Counselor, please contact the Genetic Counseling Program at Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care Tel: 414-447-2221.