Who should see a Cancer Genetics Specialist?

Anybody who is concerned about their own risk or their family‚Äôs risk of cancer can see a Cancer Genetics Specialist such as a Genetic Oncologist, even if they haven’t had a cancer themselves.

However, some family histories are more consistent with an inherited risk of cancer. For example, a family that has all of the following features:

  • 3 close relatives with cancer
  • 2 generations
  • 1 person is under 50

Other clues can be:

  • Cancer occurring at a young age
  • A family member with more than one type of cancer
  • Specific types of cancers occurring together in the family (eg breast and ovarian cancer)
  • Rare cancers
  • A particular type of a common cancer (eg “triple negative” breast cancer)

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