Who Should Consider Hereditary Risk Assessment?

The Hereditary Risk Assessment Program provides genetic counseling and genetic testing for as many as 50 different genes associated with hereditary cancer. Individuals with any of the following may benefit from cancer risk assessment and genetic testing.

  • Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same or related cancers, such as breast/ovarian/prostate/pancreatic, colon/uterine/ovarian
  • Cancer at unusually young ages, such as breast cancer, colon cancer, or endometrial (uterine) cancer diagnosed under the age of 50
  • More than one cancer diagnosis in the same individual,  for example bilateral breast (cancer in both breasts)
  • 10 or more precancerous colon polyps
  • Rare cancers, such as male breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with breast or ovarian cancer at any age
  • A family history of a known altered cancer-predisposing gene

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