Genetic Factors for Cancer
Do You Carry Genetic Factors for Cancer?
Are you a candidate for genetic cancer tests?
Maybe a family member is diagnosed and you want to know how it impacts your risk. Or you want to know if your cancer history increases the likelihood for diagnosis for your children. Either way, genetic testing can aid in early detection and cancer prevention.
Complete our family history questionnaire and share with your family doctor to see if you are a candidate for genetic counseling.
Download our family history questionnaire.
Who should receive testing?
If you or a family member has had any of the following, speak to your doctor about genetic testing for cancer:
- Bilateral breast cancer
- Breast cancer prior to age 50
- Ovarian cancer (at any age)
- Colorectal cancer before age 50
- Family with several individuals with cancer at a young age
- Endometrial cancer prior to age 50
- Male breast cancer
- Ashkenazi Jewish descent with breast cancer at any age
- Relative with BRCA gene mutation
How does genetic testing for cancer work?
If you or your physician believe you're a candidate for a genetic risk assessment, you’ll be referred to genetic services at:
Complete this form to contact a genetic counselor.
You’ll consult with a certified genetic counselor and possibly a doctor who will review your family history and personal medical history. You’ll discuss options for you and your family. If genetic testing is deemed appropriate, we’ll order the tests.
After the test, you’ll meet again with the genetic counselor to discuss the results and recommendations. The results and recommendations are sent to your referring doctor and your primary care doctor.
FAQs About Cancer Genetics and Counseling
I want to contact a genetic counselor.
Most health insurance plans pay for these tests, but not all do. We’ll help with the preauthorization process and determine the insurance coverage available for your tests.
Yes. Genetic tests for inherited cancers help you and your doctor understand your true risk so you can make the best choices for preventive medical care.
Yes. Federal law prohibits discrimination based on genetic information. Most states have additional laws that prohibit such discrimination.
Genetic test results are strictly confidential. Even when insurance plans pay for tests, the insurer does not receive the results. Under no circumstances are patient results given to any party without the patient’s written consent.
The individual diagnosed with cancer is the most appropriate first person to be tested. However, if this person is unavailable for testing, an unaffected family member can also be tested.