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Cancer Risk & Hereditary Cancer

An estimated 5 to 10 percent of cancer diagnoses are due to an inherited form of cancer (American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 2009). This means that 5 to 10 percent of people who receive a cancer diagnosis inherited a genetic change that caused them to have a higher likelihood of developing the disease.

At Parker Adventist Hospital we recognize the importance of genetic counseling to identify hereditary cancer syndromes in prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. Genetic counseling for inherited cancer conditions is provided through the Genetic Counseling Clinic at Parker Adventist Hospital. Genetic counseling can be provided to both individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and individuals who have not had cancer, but have a family history of the disease.

Sometimes individuals qualify for additional cancer screening even if a hereditary syndrome is not identified in their family.  Our genetic counselor would discuss what the recommended cancer screening would be for you and determine if you qualify for additional or more frequent screening, such as breast MRIs in addition to mammograms .

Click here for common signs of hereditary cancer.
Click here to download our hereditary cancer syndromes reference guide

For more information contact the Genetic Counseling Clinic. 

For appointments and referrals:

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Click here if you are a physician making a referral.

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