Approximately 5-10% of individuals with cancer have a hereditary form, or predisposition to cancer. Hereditary cancer is the result of changes in genetic information that then predisposes people to certain types of cancer. These changes in the genetic information are passed on in families, from generation to generation. For many cancer syndromes, genetic testing is available to potentially identify the cause of cancer in the family.
Our Cancer Genetics Program aims to help patients and families with a history of cancer better understand and manage their cancer risk. We provide individuals with a detailed cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and an individualized cancer screening and prevention plan to assist in early detection, prevention and improved cancer management.