Genetic Testing for Inherited Cancer Risk

Genetic risk assessment is a targeted way to evaluate a person’s individual risk of developing cancer. DNA mutations can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer, and can account for why some people develop cancer while others do not. By helping people understand their own inherited cancer risk, genetic assessments can provide opportunities for risk reduction, early detection and targeted treatment.

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Beneficial as they may be, genetic risk assessments can’t predict who will or will not develop cancer. Many high-risk individuals live long and healthy lives, but choose to participate in regular cancer screenings for personal peace of mind.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer comprehensive genetic risk assessment services. During an assessment, one of our credentialed genetic counselors will meet with a patient to discuss a number of factors, including the risks, benefits, limitations and emotional implications of testing, as well as insurance coverage and confidentiality. From there, the counselor will collect more information, including the patient’s:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Personal health
  • Past diagnoses
  • Family history

Using this information, our genetic counselors will provide an individualized plan for screening and management. After receiving this genetic counseling, patients can decide whether they would like to move forward with genetic testing, which is performed by Moffitt’s team of medical geneticists. Genetic testing – which is not the same thing is a genetic assessment – is used to examine a patient’s DNA for possible mutations and specific inherited traits.

To learn more about how genetics can influence your individual cancer risk, or to schedule a visit for a genetic risk assessment, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. No referral is required to seek treatment at Moffitt.

Learn more: National Cancer Institute PDQ® Cancer Information Summaries: Genetic