If you or a close family member have had any of the following, a hereditary cancer assessment may be important for you:
Hereditary Ovarian Cancer
- Breast cancer under age 40-50
- Ovarian cancer at any age
- Breast and ovarian cancer in an individual or family
- Male breast cancer
- Breast, ovarian or pancreatic cancer in an Ashkenazi (Eastern European ancestry) Jewish family
Hereditary Uterine Cancer
Uterine cancer is the second most common cancer in the hereditary condition called Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC). Women diagnosed under age 50 or with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or cancer of the ovary, stomach, small intestine, urinary tract, biliary tract or pancreas may benefit from assessment of the family history.
Genetic counseling for gynecologic cancers is available at Hoag for those who are at high risk. If you have a personal and/or family history of cancer (on your mother’s and/or father’s side of the family) it is worth considering consulting with a genetic counselor. The genetic counselor will take a detailed medical and family history, draw a detailed family tree, and will assist you in making decisions about testing.
Learn more about Hoag’s Hereditary Cancer Program, or schedule an appointment, by calling 949-764-5764.