Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus Genetic Counseling
Although cancer is fairly common, some families have multiple relatives diagnosed with cancer. Approximately 5-10% of all cancers are due to an inherited factor. If you have several relatives with cancer in your family, your relatives were diagnosed with cancer at a young age, or you are worried about the risk of cancer for other family members, you may benefit from genetic counseling.
What is a genetic counselor?
Genetic Counselors are trained professionals with master’s degrees who provide you and your family with the most accurate and up-to-date information about you and your family’s cancer risks. During a session the counselor will review your family and medical history, provide you with personalized hereditary cancer risk assessment, discuss basic cancer genetics topic, and offer genetic testing, if appropriate.
Who may benefit from genetic counseling?
You may benefit from genetic counseling if you have a personal and/or family history of:
- Breast, colon, gastrointestinal, gynecological, melanoma, or pancreatic cancer
- Cancer at unusually early ages
- Diagnoses of more than one type of cancer
- Rare type of cancer (e.g. soft tissue sarcomas, pheochromocytomas, or medullary thyroid cancer)
- A known altered cancer-predisposition gene
- One of the above risk factors and Jewish ancestry
Genetic counseling can help patients to better manage their health and reduce their risk of developing cancer in the future.
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