Genetic Cancer Screening

in New York, New York

Unfortunately, many types of cancer tend to run in families. If you have a family history of certain types of cancer or higher risk factors for genetic cancer, having a genetic cancer screening can help answer questions you may have about your health and guide you towards better preventative and early-detection plans. Carnegie Women’s Health offers genetic cancer screening and counseling by certified genetic counselors when required for our patients.

What is Genetic Cancer Screening?

Genetic cancer screening is a process of analyzing the patient’s DNA to determine whether they carry the hereditary changes in their genes that put them at a higher risk for cancer.

Who Should Have Genetic Cancer Screening?

There are several risk factors that may indicate you are a good candidate for genetic cancer screening. They are:

Multiple Family Members with the Same Type of Cancer

You should consider genetic screening if two or more close relatives on the same side of your family have been diagnosed with the same type of cancer. Additionally, you may want to have genetic screening if multiple family members have had bilateral or multiple primary tumors or ten or more colorectal polyps.

Relatives Diagnosed with Early Onset Cancer

If you have close family members who have been diagnosed with cancer before age 50, genetic cancer screening may be beneficial to you. This is especially true if they have been diagnosed with early onset breast, colon, or uterine cancer.

Family History of Certain Types of Cancer

Certain types of cancer represent a higher risk for being genetically based regardless of how many of your relatives have been diagnosed or the age at which they were diagnosed. These include ovarian, pancreatic, male breast, metastatic prostate, and triple negative breast cancers.

Ashkenazi Jewish

Those with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk and should consider genetic cancer screening.

Patients Who Have a Previous Cancer Diagnosis

If you have had a previous cancer diagnosis, genetic screening may be helpful for your future care.

How Does Genetic Testing Work?

Genetic testing is a relatively simple process for the patient. After the patient and their doctor have decided to move forward with genetic cancer testing, a blood or saliva sample will be collected along with personal and family medical histories. The blood or saliva sample will be sent to a lab to be analyzed, which typically takes about two or three weeks. When the results are in, the doctor or certified genetic counselor will explain the findings, answer any questions, and help guide the patient towards a health care plan that is suitable appropriate for them.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re interested in learning more about pursuing genetic cancer screening, schedule an appointment at Carnegie Women’s Health. Contact our New York City offices by calling (315) 628-7063 or request your appointment online.

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