Clinical Services

Clinical Services

Hereditary Cancer Prevention Clinic

Background

Approximately 1.2 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. It is a conservative estimate that 5 - 10% or 50,000 - 100,000 of those cases will be hereditary, yet many will not be diagnosed as such. Each of those newly affected with hereditary cancer comes from a family with many others who are at risk. Without identification of the hereditary nature of the cancer, the other family members are deprived of the opportunity to initiate preventive measures to safeguard their own health. The purpose of the Hereditary Cancer Prevention Clinic is to provide an evaluation of personal and/or family history of cancer, make a diagnosis, provide information about the genetic influence on the cancers in the family, discuss the cancer risks for specified family members and provide options or recommendations for the management of the cancer risk. If appropriate, genetic testing may be offered along with a discussion of its benefits, limitations and risks.