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Genetic Testing

Most cancers happen by chance and are not passed down from generation to generation. However, in a small number of families cancers may be due to specific genetic factors. Identifying these genetic traits can be beneficial in terms of assessing the risk of an individual developing cancer and providing appropriate medical options to prevent cancer or reduce the risk as much as possible.

The Cancer Center at Capital Region Medical Center offers hereditary risk assessment and genetic testing for hereditary:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Who Should Be Tested?

If you answer “yes” to the following questions, talk to your health care professional about hereditary risk assessment.

Do you have a family history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 50 on either your mother or father’s side?

Do you have a relative, on either your mother or father’s side, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age?

Do you have a family history of colorectal cancer or endometrial cancer diagnosed before age 50?

Do you have a family history of multiple Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC), related cancers in the same person (such as two colorectal cancers or both colorectal and endometrial cancer)?

Testing Steps

Cancer risk assessment and education consultations take approximately one hour to complete. The process includes a:

  1. Comprehensive family history review
  2. Family history risk factors
  3. Role of genetics in cancer
  4. Evaluation of cancer risk