Genetic Counseling

GENETIC COUNSELING

Family history or genetic factors can increase an individual's risk for cancer.

It is important to have cancer risk assessment for individuals who may have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers, such as medullary thyroid carcinoma, MEN 2 A, MEN 2B syndromes. Comprehensive genetic counseling program is focusing on family history and genetics, but it also takes into account personal and environmental factors that contribute to one's health status. When you are equipped with knowledge about your potential cancer risk, you can make informed decisions about prevention, early detection strategies, available treatments and timing of the surgery.

Genetic specialists work with you to determine your level of risk and include:

  • In-depth assessment of personal health history
  • Thorough evaluation of cancer history in the family
  • Individual and/or family genetic education and counseling
  • Genetic testing, including testing for mutations in specific genes.

Who Benefits from this Service?

Certain cancers do run in the family, such as MEN 2A and MEN 2B syndromes. Non-hereditary factors, environmental factors, like radiation exposure, either independently or in combination with such genetic factors as age, multiple past diagnoses, or consistent health issues, can also influence a patient’s cancer risk. It is a combination of your personal history with your family history that is most informative when it comes to determining your potential risk for developing cancer.