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The Hereditary Cancer Service at the Penrose Cancer
Center provides cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and
testing services for individuals and families with concerns about
inherited cancer predispositions. Services are provided by a
team of cancer professionals led by our genetic counselors.
Cancer genetic counselors specialize in educating
individuals about inherited cancer risks identifying what type of
inherited predisposition could be possible and knowing the
appropriate type of test to order, interpreting results so that you
and your doctor can make informed decisions regarding your medical
The genetic counselors at Penrose's Hereditary Cancer
Service are experts at family history assessment.
Personalized risks are estimated for each patient seen in our
service, based on their medical and family histories. These
estimates are used to:
Our genetic counselors discuss risks and management
options with each patient. A written summary of the discussion
is sent to the patient and his/her referring provider. The
patient and provider can then develop an individualized
risk-management plan. Detailed information about family history and
genetic risks empower patients to reduce their cancer risks, or to
detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.
Looking to the past, we can change the future.
For more information, please contact one of our genetic
couselors at (719) 776-5279
Read our Hereditary Cancer
brightPink: National breast
and ovarian cancer non-profit organization with an exclusive focus
on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in
high-risk young women
National breast and ovarian cancer non-profit organization designed
to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by
hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
National Cancer Institute: Dictionary of Genetics Terms:
Definitions of genetics and cancer genetics terminology
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