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Cancer Genetic Counseling

Cancer Genetic Counseling provides genetic counseling and testing to people at increased risk for hereditary cancer and helps them to make informed medical decisions based on their own personal risk assessment.

Cancer: The Family Connection

A percentage of certain cancers, including colorectal, breast, ovarian, and melanoma, have a hereditary component that can be passed from one generation to the next. If you have a family history of cancer on either your mother's or father's side and/or a personal history of cancer, you should look for the following risk factors:

  • Two or more family members on the same side of your family have had the same cancer
  • A family member was diagnosed with cancer at an unusually young age (e.g. breast cancer at 45 years or younger; colon cancer at 50 years or younger)
  • A clustering of related cancers (e.g. breast/ovarian or colon/uterine) in the family
  • A family member carries a known genetic mutation (e.g. BRCA1, BRCA2, MSH2, MLH1)

Learn more about genetic counseling.

Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program

Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to the care of patients at increased risk of cancer, to make new research advances in the field, and to improve awareness about cancer risk and prevention through education and community outreach. Our Program is a component of Yale Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Our team is composed of specialists that includes geneticists, genetic counselors, physicians and nurses who work together to provide cancer risk assessment and take steps to prevent the development of cancer.

Genetic Consultation

Genetic consultations are available through the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. A genetic consultation will include:

  • Detailed review of your family and medical history
  • Risk assessment of the chance that the cancer in the family are hereditary
  • Discussion of the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing
  • Individualized schedule of screening examinations and discussion about cancer prevention
  • Patients considered to be at increased risk of cancer can choose to consult with the appropriate clinic, where we can provide a personalized cancer risk reduction care plan, including medical and surgical options.
  • If needed, we can also assist with arranging consultations with other specialists or surgeons for a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention and surveillance.

To schedule an appointment for a genetic consultation, call 203-200-1362.