Cancer Risk & Prevention

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Cancer Genetic Counseling

About 5%-10% of common cancers like breast and colon are thought to be associated with an identifiable inherited risk. Cancer genetic counseling can help you gain a greater understanding of your familial risk, appropriateness of genetic testing, as well as personalized options for screening and prevention. Genetic Counseling services include a personal and family history review, risk assessment, genetic testing recommendations, facilitation of genetic testing when appropriate, and follow up recommendations based on genetic test results and/or family history.

How do I know if I’m at risk?

Anyone concerned about a personal and/or family history of cancer can benefit from genetic counseling for cancer genetic risk assessment. If you or your family have any of the following, Genetic Counseling may be appropriate:

  • Cancer diagnosis at an atypically young age (usually under 50)
  • Multiple primary cancer in the same person
  • The same type of cancer in two or more close relatives on the same side of the family
  • A familial pattern of related types of cancers, such as breast and ovarian
  • Rare cancers or tumor types
  • A family member with a known genetic mutation

For more detailed information please see Who Should Consider Cancer Genetic Testing?

How do I get more information?

The Cancer Risk and Prevention Program is located at the Memorial Care Cancer Institute at Saddleback Memorial. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call us at (949) 452-8850. For more information regarding Genetic Counseling, the appointment process, and insurance coverage please see our FAQs.

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