Most cancer occurs by chance. However, 5 to 10 percent of all cancer is hereditary ad tends to run in families. Individuals who carry this inherited predisposition to cancer have a higher risk of developing cancer, possibly at an earlier age. It is important to identify these individuals so they can take steps to reduce their risk of cancer by pursuing vital screening and risk reduction strategies.
For the benefit of individuals who may be at an increased risk for carrying a cancer susceptibility mutation, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) offers the services of a board-certified genetic counselor. Genetic counselors are nationally board-certified specialists with a Master’s Degree in medical genetics that are specially educated to evaluate and communicate the risk of an inherited disease in the family.
Patients can access the cancer genetics program at SJMO in three ways. They are:
- Patient referrals from physicians who learn of a patient’s suspicious family or personal history.
- Through participation in the MammoPlus&® risk assessment program at the time of their mammogram at SJMO. Those deemed to be at high risk are referred to the RiskPlus™ Prevention program that offers risk evaluation, testing and coordination of management options for patients at risk of breast cancer.
- Self-referral from patients who have a strong family history.
All patients meeting with our genetics counselor will receive a personal and family history evaluation, risk assessment, genetic education and counseling and genetic testing facilitation (if appropriate).
Additionally, detailed reports of the consultation, results and management options will be sent to both the referring physician, as well as the patient.
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