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According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of cancer diagnoses are due to an inherited form of cancer. This means that 5 to 10 percent of people who receive a cancer diagnosis had a genetic factor that caused them to have a higher likelihood of developing the disease.
At Porter 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 Porter 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 will discuss what recommended cancer screening would be right for you and will determine if you qualify for additional or more frequent screening, such as breast MRIs in addition to
If you or a close relative, such as a parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent of grandchild, have any of the following, a referral to the Genetic Counseling Clinic may be indicated for you:
Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer:
Cancers that accompany breast cancer in inherited syndromes include: a second, new breast cancer, brain, thyroid, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers; lymphoma/leukemia; and adrenal cortical or choroid plexus carcinomas.
Hereditary Colorectal Cancer:
Cancers/tumors that accompany colorectal cancer in inherited syndromes include: uterine, ovarian, stomach, small intestine, pancreatic, urinary tract cancers, brain tumors, sebaceous adenomas and keratocanthomas.
Other Hereditary Cancer syndromes:
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