Genetic Counseling and Testing
Genetics is an increasingly important part of health care. Everyone is
at risk for cancer, but not every person will develop cancer. Each person’s
risk is affected by many factors, including:
- Family history
- History of hormone exposure
- And more
In cancer, knowing your family history and genetic make-up can be a lifesaver.
Jupiter Medical Center’s Cancer Genetics and High Risk Program can
help determine your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Through
genetic screening and, if appropriate, genetic testing, our program can
evaluate your cancer risk.
What is a Certified Cancer Genetics Specialist?
Conni Murphy is a nurse practitioner who received specialized training
in cancer genetics at City of Hope and is certified in cancer genetics
risk assessment. This specialized training will help educate and advise
you and your family about identifying and managing inherited cancer risk.
If you are at an increased risk we will work with you to develop strategies
to reduce or manage your risk. Some of these strategies include lifestyle
changes, increased screening and surveillance, medicines to reduce cancer
risk and, in some cases, preventive surgery.
Genetic testing is a personal decision with many factors to consider. Our
nurse practitioner will address your questions and concerns, and help
you through the process of testing and understanding the results.
The American Society of Breast Surgeons nows recommends cancer genetic
risk assessment with appropriate genetic testing fro all persons who have
been diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing may also be used to
aid in cancer treatment decision making.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 561-263-7550.