Approximately 5-10 percent of individuals with cancer have a hereditary syndrome. Hereditary cancer syndromes are typically due to inherited changes within genetic information, called mutations, which lead to a higher risk of developing specific types of cancer. These mutations can be passed down within families, from generation to generation. For many hereditary 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.
The Cancer Genetics Program is located within the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital and within the Women's Wellness Center at Mission Hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment at either location, please call us at (714) 734-6229.