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 Genetics Counselor?
Scientists believe that about 10 percent of cancers are hereditary, or
passed down through a family. Talking to family members about the types
of cancer in the family is one of the first steps in the cancer risk assessment
process. If you are concerned about your risk of developing cancer, it
is important that you see a genetics counselor.
Genetics counselors are specially trained to educate and advise you and
your family on 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
genetics counselor will address your questions and concerns, and help
you through the process of testing and understanding the results.