Recent research has identified a number of genes related to inherited cancer risk. In fact, estimates suggest that between 5 and 10% of all cancers are due to an inherited gene mutation.
If you carry one of these inherited genetic mutations, you may have a significantly higher lifetime cancer risk compared to the general population. By considering personal and family medical histories, we can identify if you could benefit from meeting with a genetic counselor for a hereditary cancer risk assessment.
Genetic testing (or DNA testing) for cancer risk doesn’t reveal the presence or absence of cancer. Instead, it shows whether you have an inherited tendency (predisposition) for cancer. A positive result in a genetic screening doesn’t mean you’ll definitely develop a disease in the future, but it can help you choose the right preventive measures to minimize your risk and help you stay ahead of the disease if it does develop.
Genetic counseling for cancer risk assessments may be appropriate for you if you have:
Though there aren’t physical risks involved with genetic testing, there can be a psychological impact. That’s why we recommend education and genetic counseling alongside genetic testing.
Our genetic counselors can assess your risk for a variety of inherited medical conditions like cancer, genetic disorders, and birth defects. The process includes reviewing the pattern and ages of cancer diagnosis in your family and discussing whether those results suggest an inherited predisposition to cancer.
We’ll consider the basic principles of genetics and inheritance, whether the appropriate genetic testing is available, and also the costs, risks and benefits of testing.
The goal of this process is to help you better understand what genetic diseases might mean for you, so you know your options and feel comfortable that you’re being looked after.
Aurora genetic counseling provides:
During your visit, the genetic counselor may talk to you about your genetic concerns and review your family cancer history at length. From there, a medical geneticist may perform a physical exam and administer laboratory tests, which could include a blood draw, a urine sample or a cheek swab.
In many cases, we may send your results to an Aurora laboratory testing facility for DNA analysis, where they may be tested for any genetic mutations.
Aurora Hereditary Cancer Prevention and Management Center (HCPMC)
Have genetic counseling and DNA testing determined that you or your family members have a hereditary cancer syndrome? Families with hereditary cancer syndromes are at high risk for multiple types of cancer. Even families whose genetic testing results are normal may be at increased risk for multiple cancers if they have complex cancer histories.
If your family history of cancer has been determined to be hereditary, or if your complex family history can’t be explained by genetic testing, you deserve comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team of experts in a single, convenient location.
The Aurora Hereditary Cancer Prevention and Management Center (HCPMC) specializes in testing and monitoring individuals and families with complex or difficult hereditary cancer conditions.
Through the HCPMC, you can:
If you’re at risk for multiple types of cancer, ask your doctor for a referral to the Aurora Hereditary Cancer Prevention and Management Center in Milwaukee or Green Bay.
The HCPMC in Milwaukee is located within the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at St. Luke’s Medical Center. The HCPMC in Green Bay is located within the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Call 877-647-2502 for more information.