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Who Might Benefit From Genetic Counseling


Individuals who may benefit from genetic counseling include:
  • Those with a concerning personal and/or family history of cancer (see Red Flags) 
  • Members of a family with a known inherited cancer syndrome 
  • Individuals with concerns about cancer risks for their children or extended family members 
  • Any person considering genetic testing 
  • Individuals that have had genetic testing and would like to further review their test results

CANCER FAMILY HISTORY RED FLAGS:

  • Several relatives on the same side of the family with related types of cancer, such as breast/ovarian/pancreatic cancer or colon/uterine/ovarian cancer

  • A personal or family history of cancer at an early age (before 45 for breast cancer or before 50 for colon cancer)

  • More than one cancer diagnosis in the same individual (e.g. cancer in both breasts, breast and ovarian cancer, uterine and colon cancer) 

  • Rare cancers such as male breast cancer

  • A family history of a known altered cancer-predisposition gene

  • Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern European) ancestry, as there can be an increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

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