Cancer Risk & Prevention Program at Saddleback Memorial

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Cancer Genetic Counseling

About 5%-10% of common cancers like breast and colon are thought to be associated with inherited risk. Cancer genetic counseling can help you gain a greater understanding of your familial risk as well as preventive options.

Recognized as a National Institute of Health Center for Cancer Genetic Counseling, Saddleback Memorial is pleased to offer genetic counseling as part of it’s Cancer Risk and Prevention Program. Cancer genetics counseling is a one to two hour consultation with a genetic specialist.

Consultation includes:

  • Construction of a medically focused family tree.
  • Individualized cancer risk assessment based on personal history, family history, and/or genetic testing.
  • Explanation of how genes are inherited and the difference in risk and occurrence between hereditary and sporadic cancers.
  • Determination of appropriate and available genetic testing.
  • Decision making assistance that weighs the risks and benefits of genetic testing.
  • Discussion of the ethical, legal, and social implications associated with genetic testing.
  • Interpretation of genetic test results and residual risk.
  • Consultation with referring physician.
  • Development of an individualized screening and prevention plan.