• Cancer Risk & Hereditary Cancer

  • 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 mammograms.

    Signs of Hereditary Cancer

    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:

    • Invasive breast cancer or DCIS diagnosed at or under age 50
    • Two or more blood-related individuals with breast cancer
    • Male breast cancer
    • Ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer at any age
    • Breast cancer and one or more other separate cancers
    • Breast cancer and large head circumference (57 cm or larger for women, 59 cm or larger for men), and/or mental retardation/autism
    • Breast cancer with Eastern European Jewish ancestry, or Hispanic/Latino ancestry from Southern Colorado or northern New Mexico

    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:

    • Colorectal OR uterine cancer diagnosed under age 60
    • Two or more separate colorectal cancers in the same person
    • Three or more blood related individuals with colorectal or uterine cancer
    • Colorectal cancer or uterine cancer and a personal or family history of other cancers                                                                                              
    • Ten or more cumulative gastrointestinal adenomas or hyperplastic polyps
    • Hamartomas, juvenile polyps, Peutz-Jeghers polyps
    • Pathology of the colorectal tumor shows microsatellite instability or  evidence of a mismatch repair defect

    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:

    • An identified inherited/genetic syndrome
    • An individual with bilateral or multiple primary cancers or brain tumors
    • An individual diagnosed with cancer at an unusually young age
    • Three or more blood related family members with the same type of cancer
    • Rare cancers such as: medullary thyroid cancer, adrenocortical carcinoma, pheochromocytoma, and paraganglioma

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