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Genetics & Family History

Genetics & Family History

Have you discussed family history of cancer with your patients?

Genetic testing for cancer risk isn’t necessary for every patient, but for those with a family history it may help inform future medical decisions and indicate whether screening for certain cancers should begin at an earlier age.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are linked to inherited genetic mutations. There are many hereditary cancer syndromes, which may predispose an individual to certain types of cancer, such as breast, colorectal, or skin cancer. Genetic tests can look for these genetic mutations and help people to better understand their risk for cancer.

Genetics & Family History Provider Resources

How do I know if cancer runs in my family? – Patient Handout/Questionnaire
Genetics Toolkit, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Provider Education Opportunities, American Society of Clinical Oncology